Released 14.10.2013 via Target Distribution
We often characterize mass production as quantity over quality, however, this expression is not always adequate and useful. Local Rasmus Mørup Johansen, who goes by the artist name Telestjernen is right now current with his fourth album in just four years.
After the releases of respectively ‘Ungt Blod’, ‘Roxy Grill’ and ‘Hvidt Skidt’ he is now current with the outskirt-area-fascinated ‘Populærmusik fra Øster Tørslev ‘. Here the style has changed a bit. Earlier on we used to see a surf-rocking version of Rasmus, where he has now turned the pace down to a moped-through-Øster Tørslev kind of tempo. However, this has not necessarily had a bad influence on the music which actually fits Rasmus better.
With the new album, you as listener are invited up and sit at the back of the moped. Here Rasmus takes you on a journey through childhood memories, old friends and landscape portraits from the outskirts of Denmark. The entire celebration told through the eyes of a ‘jydsk’ kid with an urge for storytelling.
The lyrical phere moves around everyday things. In an almost CV Jørgensen sort of way – However a young version of the popular danish singer. Unfortunately the rhymes sometimes seems too well-produced, which removes part of the presence and authenticity . Just as his lyrical diary and stories is a force, it is also where his weakness is. The words are simply not always free to play and may feel forced into parts of the lyrics. Rasmus can sing, and even in a very convincing manner. You don’t feel in any parts that he needs help from common studio-technics like delay or reverb.
The end result unfortunately is like a mix of already heard names like CV Jørgensen, Spillemændene’s ‘Nationalsange’ and Allan Olsen’s celebration of life on the outskirts of Denmark. A shame for an otherwise great fourth studio album