As the title on the great art deco-inspired cover for Bror Forsgren's (The Lionheart Brothers, Jaga Jazzist, Silence The Foe) 2015 solo debut indicates, Narcissus is a grandiose and uncompromising piece of pop music. The album's theme is centered around the big questions: lost love, innocence and faith in God are all important elements in the universe Forsgren has created for Narcissus. The arrangements, which none other than TrondheimSolistene orchestrated, are grandiose and intricate. Despite its wall of sound-approach and several prominent musical guests (Lars Horntveth, Mathias Eick, Marte Eberson), the album still manages to come across as an intensely personal affair.
Already on the opening track, "Waiting For That Holy Music," it's clear that this isn't just any album. Its musical landscape evokes the works of Scott Walker and other greats like The Beach Boys, Brian Eno and Ennio Morricone. But Narcissus is by no means an exercise in the name of pastiche art. The way Bror takes elements from these greats and builds his own sonic cathedral, shows that he's an impressively confident artist with a clear vision. The album's nine songs form a fascinating musical journey where we join Forsgren down to the deepest valleys. Luckily there's also light at the end of the tunnel.