The Rough Guide To The Music Of Scandinavia
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. This Rough Guide 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.
Includes bonus CD by Kardemimmit
- Listen Buy MP3 Amiina: Lóri (4:13)
- Listen Buy MP3 Arild Andersen: Sjugur Og Trollbrura (4:13)
- Listen Buy MP3 Valravn: Kelling (4:47)
- Listen Buy MP3 Katzen Kapell: Bellatores (4:02)
- Listen Buy MP3 Milla Viljamaa: Ansa/The Trap (4:02)
- Listen Buy MP3 Valgeir Sigurðsson: After Four (3:40)
- Listen Buy MP3 Maria Kalaniemi & Timo Alakotila: Yötuulet (2:56)
- Listen Buy MP3 múm: Guilty Rocks (5:02)
- Listen Buy MP3 Kimmo Pohjonen, Samuli Kosminen and Kronos Quartet: Särmä (5:36)
- Listen Buy MP3 Annbiorg Lien: Gode Gut (3:24)
- Listen Buy MP3 Johan Hedin & Gunnar Idenstam: Halling IV (3:56)
- Listen Buy MP3 Frigg: RajRajraj (3:24)
- Listen Buy MP3 Värttinä: Ruhverikko (Dark Girl) (3:03)
- Listen Buy MP3 Benedicte Maurseth: Mellomspell (3:00)
- Listen Buy MP3 Sorten Muld: Gylden Gloed (Golden Spark) (4:09)
- Listen Buy MP3 Lars Hollmer: Snabb (4:17)
- Listen Buy MP3 Wimme: Texas (3:33)
- Listen Buy MP3 Tuonen Tyttö (Maiden of Death) (5:48)
- Listen Buy MP3 Apeainen (3:45)
- Listen Buy MP3 Pakkasruusu (Frozen Rose) (6:00)
- Listen Buy MP3 Ahven (Perch) (4:01)
- Listen Buy MP3 Ei Niin Hiljaa (Silent Sunset) (4:54)
- Listen Buy MP3 Huoleton Rakkauslaulu (Carefree Love Song) (4:45)
- Listen Buy MP3 Polska Från Bandal (Polska From Railroad Valley) (4:38)
- Listen Buy MP3 Risteys (Crossroads) (3:41)
- Listen Buy MP3 Kaisla (Sea Rush) (4:42)
- Listen Buy MP3 Kantripolska (Country Polska) (3:59)
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.
The album opens with the tinkling sounds of ‘Lóri’ by Icelandic ensemble Amiina. Other Icelandic contributions come from Valgeir Sigurðsson and múm. Heading east to Norway, the music of Arild Andersen, Benedicte Maurseth and Annbjørg Lien takes on a distinctly jazz-inflected tone. Sorten Muld are a Danish folktronica band who mix traditional lyrics with techno soundscapes.
Swedish artist Katzen Kapell heard here draws on influences as broad as Nino Rota, Astor Piazzolla and Frank Zappa, all mixed in with Arabic and Eastern European flavours. Johan Hedin and Gunnar Idenstam excitedly explore the matching of organ and nyckelharpa. A contribution from the late and legendary Swedish keys player Lars Hollmer is a real treat too. Hollmer fused folk and progressive rock to produce ecstatic creative music.
Finnish musicians also make a sizeable contribution to the track list of this Rough Guide. Maria Kalaniemi and Timo Alakotila, Värttinä and Milla Viljamaa fuse flavours of Karelian, classical and electronic musics together into a tasty mix. Wimme Saari is one of the best-known sami joikers from Finland and features on the glorious techno-ambient track ‘Texas’.
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.