cdRoots Code: ns-brewed
(Release date: 28 April, 2017)
Väsen return with 15 new original compositions, rich in the tradition, but presented as the living folk music this trio has always been their hallmark. Olov Johansson's nyckelharpa (Swedish keyed fiddle) and Mikael Marin's 5-string viola are once again pushed along by the rhythm of Roger Tallroth's 12-string guitar.
Väsen return to the studio with 15 new original compositions, steeped in the tradition of Uppland, Sweden, yet crafted in a modern way that has become unique to this trio of revered musicians. After 28 years their musical dialogue is completely innate and organic, an incredibly tight and accomplished acoustic collaboration which has made them a favorite of musicians and music aficionados around the world.
As usual, this new set of tunes is dominated by the Swedish obsession with 3-beat rhythms, mostly in the form of the traditional "polska" but with a couple high-energy waltzes thrown in for good measure. And they show once again that there are few bands that can mess around with those three beats as unexpectedly as these three unreasonably tall Swedes.
"Brewed" is also the best-sounding Väsen record to date, with Olov Johansson's nyckelharpa (Swedish keyed fiddle) and Mikael Marin's 5-string viola perfectly blended while separate, and Roger Tallroth's 12-string guitar fully unleashed.
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