Country of origin:
Type of music generally:
Traditional Norwegian folk/world music
Most recent release, R7, 1999
Like a slightly more melodic Värttinä
The track that led me to buy their disc was a little misleading, as it is the most quiet and melodic track on the disc with the most usual kind of singing. However, most of their sound is rather like Värttinä's--a kind of harmonic cross between shouting and singing. This sounds to me slightly more melodic/less discordant than Värttinä's sound. Anyway, I'm sure that anyone who likes Värttinä will like this. Their overall sound reminds me very much of them, though perhaps a little toned down. They do sounds like they're having lots of fun, singing their sparsely accompanied folk songs. The "7" part of this is that there are four voices, a cello, a viola, and a fiddle (though there really are 8 members in the bands since there are two violist who alternate, at least in the recorded version of the music. Highly recommended for fans of Nordic folk. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Recommended first album:
R7 is their first U.S.-released album
1999--Northside Records (U.S.A.)--NSD6031
Wide in the U.S.
Highly recommended for fans of traditional music like Värttinä's
Johan Berthling--double bass on 1 track
This album is mostly the loud shouting/singing like Värttinä's and if you like that, you will certainly like this album. Unfortunately, my taste for this kind of music is limited, and I far prefer the more traditional sound of the one track where they sing in the more usual, boring manner. Others will love this. (email@example.com)
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