Product Description & Reviews
Till the Light of Day For a four-piece--two voices, nyckelharpa (a Swedish keyed fiddle), and guitar--Sweden's Ranarim achieve a very full sound. Part of the ongoing acoustic revolution in folk music, but with the influence of modern pop at the edges, they delve into the past with ballads full of blood and gore all performed with youthful glee. But there's also plenty of humor to leaven the misery, as on "Infor-Ljusbader-Hin Å Hätta," which ends with a rhyme comprising 22 goat names! The voices of Sofia Sandén and Ulrika Bodén (who also sing with Rosenberg 7 and Hoven Droven) complement each other perfectly, intertwining so wonderfully it's impossible to tell where one ends and the other begins. The instruments offer an ideal frame for the material, while the one original piece, "Rackelhanen," offers a polka that sounds as if it could have been composed 100 years ago. Think of them as Swedish folk's answer to ABBA. --Chris Nickson
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|Item Weight:||0.37 pounds|
|Item Size:||5.5 x 0.25 x 0.25 inches|
|Package Weight:||0.18 pounds|
|Package Size:||4.97 x 0.54 x 0.54 inches|
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