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Gront
     

Gront

by Väsen
 
In the frenzied world of the Nordic folk revival, where artists from Finland, Sweden, and Norway are spiking their ancient music with doses of rock and electronica -- not to mention Viking attitude -- Väsen are tops. Led by violin and nyckelharpa (a keyed fiddle similar to the hurdy-gurdy), Väsen's music comes off like some existential hoedown, or an

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In the frenzied world of the Nordic folk revival, where artists from Finland, Sweden, and Norway are spiking their ancient music with doses of rock and electronica -- not to mention Viking attitude -- Väsen are tops. Led by violin and nyckelharpa (a keyed fiddle similar to the hurdy-gurdy), Väsen's music comes off like some existential hoedown, or an episode of "The Beverly Hillbillies" directed by Ingmar Bergman. GRONT's 12 originals build on a foundation of Swedish folk rhythms (in tricky, triple-beat time signatures) and mournful tonalities. The nyckelharpa is sometimes called the sitar of the north, but could be shorthand for the bleak drone that must well up upon contemplation of the long, cold Scandinavian winter. Matched with Mikael Marin's groaning fiddle, Olov Johansson weaves a dark, entrancing complaint, pocked with the frame drumming of Andre Ferrari and rhythmic strumming of Roger Tallroth on 12-string guitar. On the whole deeper and more deliberate than the band's earlier work, GRONT also features some well done dub and echo effects, adding another mystical layer to the compelling atmosphere. Hallmarked by instrumental mastery, daring arrangements, and tasteful experiments, GRONT is a rich, brooding hour of cold comfort, indeed.

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Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
In the frenzied world of the Nordic folk revival, where artists from Finland, Sweden, and Norway are spiking their ancient music with doses of rock and electronica -- not to mention Viking attitude -- Väsen are tops. Led by violin and nyckelharpa (a keyed fiddle similar to the hurdy-gurdy), Väsen's music comes off like some existential hoedown, or an episode of "The Beverly Hillbillies" directed by Ingmar Bergman. GRONT's 12 originals build on a foundation of Swedish folk rhythms (in tricky, triple-beat time signatures) and mournful tonalities. The nyckelharpa is sometimes called the sitar of the north, but could be shorthand for the bleak drone that must well up upon contemplation of the long, cold Scandinavian winter. Matched with Mikael Marin's groaning fiddle, Olov Johansson weaves a dark, entrancing complaint, pocked with the frame drumming of Andre Ferrari and rhythmic strumming of Roger Tallroth on 12-string guitar. On the whole deeper and more deliberate than the band's earlier work, GRONT also features some well done dub and echo effects, adding another mystical layer to the compelling atmosphere. Hallmarked by instrumental mastery, daring arrangements, and tasteful experiments, GRONT is a rich, brooding hour of cold comfort, indeed.
All Music Guide - Steve Huey
Swedish folk band Vasen mix the haunting, lonely sounds of their country's traditional music with a modern sense of humor and a strong melodic assurance. Gront maintains the high levels of energy and musicianship the band has established on its previous recordings, while taking more unorthodox approaches to their arrangements. Traditionalists might find their music a bit watered-down in terms of faithful authenticity, but most others will find it enjoyable and accessible.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/26/1999
Label:
Northside Records
UPC:
0021561604124
catalogNumber:
6041

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