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Review: Sweet Unknown – Erika Wennerstrom

For years, we have been blessed with the music of Heartless Bastards. And while the band has largely been a vehicle for the compositions of Erika Wennerstrom, it was the complete package that made the music so much fun to listen to. And with a gorgeous front to sing the songs, with a unique voice, the whole experience was a fine one.

Several years back, the band decided to take a hiatus with no planned return date. This spurred the engine of Heartless Bastards into overdrive, deciding to rightfully jump into the pool of solo waters. As a result, Erika Wennerstrom has journeyed a long, long way to provide a new energy. That energy is found in the stunning new album, Sweet Unknown.

The title is a borrow from a previous lyric (“Could Be So Happy”) and easily provides an apt title for her new venture, a place she hasn’t been to before. And nor have we. But I’m here to tell you, the air is indeed sweet to breathe.

Sweet Unknown has nine new Erika Wennerstrom songs. The music on this new album are rich, professional, and powerful tunes. You get a feel that she is in a zone of her own. And if that’s the case, then I welcome the new face of Heartless Bastards as Erika Wennerstrom, the solo artist.

In an age of a thousand releases a week, it’s important to recognize the better ones. Sweet Unknown, if I may borrow a line, is without question, an album of ‘extraordinary love’. Sweet Unknown is Grammy territory!

Erika Wennerstrom (Heartless Bastards) To Release Debut Solo Album, Sweet Unknown

For many years, the under-construct of Heartless Bastards has Erika Wennerstrom.  Throughout their magnificent career, Erika was always at the heart of the band. Most of the songs, if not all of them, were written by Erika. In fact, the lineup had changed several times with Erika remaining as the core. And now, we get a long overdue Erika Wennerstrom album with her name as the focal point! I’m ready for this!

On March 23, Partisan Records (Heartless Bastards’ label over the last two releases (Arrow – 2012, Restless Ones – 2015)) will issue the next evolutionary step in the Heartless Bastards tree with the first solo album by Erika Wennerstrom. The new album is being called Sweet Unknown, which is a lyric phrase pulled from an HB song, “Could Be So Happy” (from The Mountain -2009).

If you’re interested in bundles and swag, then hop over to the PledgeMusic site where the album is crowdfunded for a wealth of bundling and cool things (including a $4000 house concert. If only I had the nickels and dimes for this one!).

Sweet Unknown will contain nine new Wennerstrom tracks. The heralding song, “Extraordinary Love” is now available as of a few days ago. It strongly indicates a great awaiting experience. The music from the song is warmly comfortable. It’s familiar and strong.

Sweet Unknown will be released on CD, DD, and vinyl 2LP (including a limited run of white vinyl). The 2LP set will provide a vinyl -only bonus of four radio edits of “Extraordinary Love”, “Letting Go”, “Be Good To Yourself”, and “Staring Out the Window”. All vinyl editions will provide digital downloads of the album.

March 23 can’t get here soon enough!

Sweet UnknownErika Wennerstrom

01 – Twisted Highway
02 – Extraordinary Love
03 – Letting Go
04 – Time
05 – Be Good To Yourself
06 – Staring Out The Window
07 – Good To Be Alone
08 – Like A Bird
09 – Gravity