Mats Gronmark ‘Roller Coaster Blues’

Mats Gronmark came to me via Austin’s finest purveyor of noise and melody, Followed By Static, whose song “Oh Breezy” Gronmark covers on his recently released album Roller Coaster Blues. Like Followed By Static, Swedish troubadour Gronmark mixes a bit of noise in with his melody, but his singer/songwriter side is more pronounced. The result is an album that moves fluidly from country-inflected numbers awash in steel guitar to lo-fi dirty blues to garage/psych trippers, all sung in a high, urgent falsetto as twitchy and nervous as it is world-weary.

Roller Coaster Blues is out now via Rhythm Ace Recordings. Check it out here.