There is a quality to the music of Scandinavia that seems born in the long winter months; it is dark and humorous, steeped in tradition yet sharply inventive. The Rough Guide to the Music of Scandinavia showcases some of the most adventurous sounds from the region, including the techno-joiking of Wimme, Icelandic minimalism by Amiina, and explosive experimentation by Kimmo Pohjonen with the Kronos Quartet.
Scandinavia has a long tradition of musical innovation. From the dulcimer players and folk fiddlers of yore to the band of nineteenth-century classical composers (Nielsen, Sibelius, Rosenberg, Grieg) who consistently pushed the envelope, the Nordic region has always bristled with creativity. Nowadays contemporary musicians are fearless innovators unshackled by the politics of genre.
An excellent bonus album from Finnish quartet Kardemimmit rounds off the package. Good friends, Maija, Jutta, Anna and Leeni, each play kantele and sing in delicate close harmony throughout, producing their trademark fresh and folksy style.
Wee Man Says.....this album is seriously amazing. I love it!
Track Listing :
02 - Arild Andersen - Sjugur Og Trollbrura
03 - Valravn - Kelling
04 - Katzen Kapell - Bellatores
05 - Milla Viljamaa - Ansa-The Trap
06 - Valgeir Sigurõsson - After Four
07 - Maria Kalaniemi & Timo Alakotila - Yötuulet
08 - múm - Guilty Rocks
09 - Kimmo Pohjonen, Samuli Kosminen And Kronos Quartet - Särmä
10 - Annbjørg Lien - Gode Gut
11 - Johan Hedin & Gunnar Idenstam - Halling IV
12 - Frigg - RajRajRaj
13 - Värtinnä - Ruhverikko (Dark Girl)
14 - Benedicte Maurseth - Mellomspel
15 - Sorten Muld - Gylden Gloed (Golden Spark)
16 - Lars Hollmer - Snabb
17 - Wimme - Texas
02 - Apeainen (Blue Schottischel)
03 - Pakkasruusu (Frozen Rose)
04 - Ahven (Perch)
05 - El Niin Hiljaa (Silent Sunset)
06 - Huoleton Rakkauslaulu (Carefree Love Song)
07 - Polska Från Bandal (Polska From Railroad Valley)
08 - Risteys (Crossroads)
09 - Kaisla (Sea Rush)
10 - Kantripolska (Country Polska)
European , Scandinavian
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