Torgeir Waldemar took the Norwegian people and music press by surprise with his eponymous debut album in 2014. Who had thought that the black-clad, longhaired and bearded man would deliver an album that captivated and moved us as much as it did. An acoustic masterpiece that sounded like it came straight from the rehearsal room of a young troubadour from Laurel Canyon in the '70s. While his previous album cultivated a pure, acoustic sound, we get more rock music this time, and for Waldemar nothing is more natural. With his background as a guitar hero in various rock bands, it was only a question of time before distorted tones would assert themselves in his solo career.
No Offending Borders is a gloriously composite work with both dead honest acoustic laments and grandiose rock songs. But the record is so much more than that, and for Torgeir this is a document that shows the seriousness we meet in our everyday lives. Both on the personal level, with relationships that fall apart and the loss of loved ones, but also on a national and global level, with refugee crises, suicide statistics and the weakest members of our society. You may have guessed it already, but this is a solemn record.
If you're afraid that Waldemar has turned away from what he presented on his debut album, you can rest assured he hasn't. Here we get acoustic folk songs like "Falling Rain (Link Wray)," "Island Bliss" and "Souls on a String," but the album also contains more intense rock songs like "Summer In Toulouse," "Sylvia (Southern People)" and "Among the Low." It's a complete album, both creatively and aesthetically - nothing at all is done by chance here.