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Malin Pettersen: “Hometown”

By: Eric Reyes
May 20, 2020

They say that if you make it in America, you can make it anywhere. I don’t know if that’s necessarily true, America is a big place and it’s full of once-were’s and coulda-been’s. But I do know that if you make it into the heart of an American, you’ll stay there forever. For Norwegian artist Malin Pettersen, blazing her own solo path through the quintessentially American genre of Country, many hearts now have a special place for her. 

“Hometown”, a stellar release from her solo album, is an exemplar of the genre, as well as the international, universal feeling of small towns, and the pople who inhabit them. Sung with a spritely energy and twang that took me back to the crowded dance halls of Oklahoma, she sings of individuality, of forging your own way, of moving beyond the home town and the home town folks who maybe don’t know who you are. Or where you’ve been. The simple instrumentals, replete with twangy guitar, complete this musical treat. I’m smitten, and you will be too. Stream it below, and tell us what you think of it on social media at: @gasmaskmagazine.

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