There are realities. And there are “Realms.” “Realms” takes us on an allegorical journey that captures the breadth of human experience. Based on Berglund’s own life-altering experience in December 2015, “Realms’” independent, hard-working, take-no-shit “Pretty Good Guy” seeks answers and soon finds himself slipping, quitting, succumbing to despair, apathy and numbness. The pain is gripping. And it’s winning. Only when the hero opens the door, steps through and releases control that he connects with God and the cosmic centre, finally understanding the power of God and the power of himself. His message is love. His mission, complex. The hero’s journey is now complete. Berglund’s fifth full-length album “Realms” is set to be released on Friday, Sept 1, 2017 through his independently-owned and operated Oceanman Records. Inspired by the teachings and observations of Thomas P. Fusco, Dr. Rick Strassman, and authors Joseph Campbell and C.S. Lewis, the 10-track album explores spiritual themes, alternative beliefs and universal truths hidden in patterns, nuances and puzzles. Berglund’s long time hot-shot honky tonk band, The Vultures, are showcased from the get-go and joined by a handful of vocal appearances including Chris Henderson, Megan Nash, Jason Plumb and Belle Plaine. The release will be accompanied by a North American tour.
Berglund shows no signs of slowing down his unique approach to storytelling – exhibiting his research and hustle in his Quest for Real Country Music in 2016 and #May1000 campaign in 2017. He documents everything, exploring new areas of self-expression based on his unpredictable, genuine musical style, collaborative mindset and out of the box marketing – his grassroots reputation as “the guy who sold 10,000 records” still going strong.