Tom Malmquist is the ice hockey player who becomes a critically acclaimed Swedish poet, musician and songwriter.
In the year of 2007 his first poetry book Sudden Death (Wahlström & Widstrand) was released, praised by the critics as the first sports dedicated poetry book in Sweden ever. The debut book reflects Malmquist’s youth as a talented hockey player. Same year, Malmquist released the celebrated alternative/country album Fish In A Tear (Bonnier Amigo)–a record that to a large extent was put in comparison to a young Tom Waits.
Tom’s second book of poetry Fadersmjölken (Wahlström & Widstrand) was released in 2009, which was described by one of the biggest Swedish morning papers as “amazingly beautiful”. According to statistics put together by the Swedish resellers of books, Fadersmjölken was at the time the second most reviewed book by Swedish media next to The Journal of Joyce Carol Oates 1973-1982.
In August 2009, Malmquist released his second studio album–Smoke and Dial (Art by Accident) (Bonnier Amigo). The release was critically acclaimed amongst Sweden’s most well renowned music critics, such as Mats Olsson who described the album as “a brilliant demonstration of broken country”. Furthermore, the second album of Malmquist has been compared to bands such as The Band and The Rolling Stones, as well as the American author and songwriter Willy Vlautin.