With a mix of folk and outlaw country blended with Dan Andersson's (1888-1920) romantic lyrics about outsiders, renegades and murderers, this EP's best described as a Swedish equivalent of "The Old, Weird America" found on Bob Dylan's Basement Tapes
"Hemlös" (translates as 'Homeless') is a compilation of three singles from Vargen's 2017 debut album, plus the title track simultaneously released as radio single and music video. The EP is released in the backwater of the publicly and criticly acclaimed album "Tänk Inte Efter (Don't Think Twice - Bob Dylan in Swedish)". Comments: "A masterpiece of technical and emotional performance skill...the musical performance alone captures the emotion and draw of the original work in perfection" - Indie Pulse Music Magazine, USA https://indiepulsemusic.com/2019/04/27/vargen-releases-new-album-tank-inte-efter-bob-dylan-pa-svenska-dont-think-twice-bob-dylan-in-swedish/ "Universally soothing...more poignant than ever" - A&R Factory (Top#10 UK blog) on the single "Tomorrow Is a Long Time" https://www.anrfactory.com/vargen-bob-dylan-tomorrow-is-a-long-time/ Find out more (articles, reviews, interviews, videos) on Vargen’s Facebook https://www.facebook.com/vargenmusic or English website https://www.vargen.net Due to the response from the non-Swedish audience, the vocals on the Dylan album are being re-recorded with original lyrics in English. Release date: November 1st 2019. The tracks on “Hemlös” are also being re-recorded with vocals in English, and are released along with five new Dan Andersson recordings in January 2020. Dan Andersson (1888-1920) was a Swedish poet whose work are dominated by outlaw poetry, romantic lyrics and murder ballads, a kind of “Swedish Noir” or perhaps a wilderness version of Baudelaire or Poe. Vargen has set new music to Andersson’s lyrics. The way Vargen’s americana/outlaw country/folk sound flavours the lyrics brings Greil Marcus term “The Old, Weird America” (a description of the world in the themes on Bob Dylan and The Band’s Basement Tapes) to mind, but here the location is the woods and wilderness of Sweden at the dawn of the 20th century. The four tracks on “Hemlös” are the stand-out tracks from Vargen’s 2017 debut 12-track album of new music to Dan Andersson poems, “Sånger från natten, sånger från Dan (Songs From the Night, Songs From the Day/Dan), now re-released to make them more accessible to Vargen’s new audience outside Sweden and as a teaser to the English translations of Dan Andersson. About the tracks: “Hemlös (Homeless)”: A convict has just been let out of prison, serving a long sentence for killing a woman. In vain he seeks shelter from a summer storm in a village. He wanders in the forest all night and ends up by a tarn, considering drowning himself. “Tjuvskytten (The Poacher)”: The video gained viral Swedish success on Facebook with 150+K views. The elderly Will The Master Hunter proudly tells tales from his youth, when he in vengeance – and to feed his starving family – was poaching moose on his old hunting grounds, wrongfully possessed by rich men. “Visa vid Varma Källorna (Song at the Hot Springs)”: The music video reached #1 on Swedish video chart Musikvideotoppen. A song of how times have changed, told by the once holy and magical water. Fields and rational plowmen has replaced the hot springs, where superstitious men made sacrifices and swore oaths to gain fortune. “Sång till Västanvinden (Song to the West Wind)”: Romantic lyrics of people singing and dancing in the summer night while a beautiful storm is approaching in the distance.
Vargen (translates as The Wolf) is the stage and recording name of Swedish singer-songwriter Reine Johansson. Spotify profile: https://open.spotify.com/artist/3sl00gQLFexX8tuanNfe9e?si=ajdGyDqyTka6QKRPxsmI2A