Sure, Erik Oftedahl (pronounced ‘off-tə-doll) is from Minnesota; always has been, always will be.
But for the last seven years he’s called Oklahoma home, grown exponentially as a songwriter, and shed old skin, becoming a refined version of himself. All reasons why Oftedahl has decided to drop the ‘Erik the Viking’ moniker, at least for now, and go full-tilt on the given brand, just in time for the release of his long awaited LP, Places, set for an August 2018 release on Horton Records. In other words, it’s time to get serious, and with Places, Oftedahl means business.
Places has been a stop-again-start-again demo-turned-full length album recorded at co-produced by Oftedahl, Chris Bell and Jason Scott in studios across Oklahoma (Sapulpa, Moore and Stillwater to be exact). The album features appearances by Bell (bass), Scott (vocals, mandolin), James Purdy (drums), Ryan McCall (guitar), Scott Hunt (fiddle), John Calvin Abney (keys), and Carter Sampson (vocals).
Oftedahl self-released a pair of EPs that caused a bit of a stir, 2011s Dead Horses and 2016s Painting in the Dark, but Places will undoubtedly propel Erik to new heights; it’s calmly anthemic, with infectious lyrics that carefully bloom throughout the verses and choruses like an articulately groomed garden.