"Summer Romance" Maggie Björklund
Song of the Day Saturday, October 22, 2011
Maggie Björklund, “Summer Romance”
Denmark isn’t exactly a wellspring of Americana, but Danish pedal steel guitarist and songwriter Maggie Björklund’s crafty incorporation of U.S. country and folk has a decidedly roots-gothic lean. If D.H. Lawrence tempted Grant Wood away from his paintbrushes for a night of drunken debauchery, Björklund’s Coming Home might be playing on the gin joint jukebox. Visqueen’s crimson-locked frontwoman Rachel Flotard steps to the microphone for “Summer Romance,” a smoky ballad that would sound perfect floating up over the end credits of a David Lynch movie, with Björklund’s swooping, swelling steel defining the dreamy, bittersweet mood. -- Jim Allen
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