Fróði, Yggdrasil and Arnold Ludvig Sextet

Fróði «Ultramarine» (2016)

Fróði «Creeping Storm» (2009)
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Guðrið Hansdóttir’s brother, Fróði Hansen, doesn’t appear on the Faroese musical stage as often as his sister does, but each his performance is like a bright flash. After the release of a powerful album in collaboration with The Pink Slips, he remained silent for three years. Having created a new band, Fróði recorded a soft and gentle album featuring Guðrið – she charms the ear in penetrating «I Remember You Well» and ethereal «Sunset Surf». Among the well-known to us musicians, in Fróði’s project we can find Bartal Augustinussen, Mikael Blak and Per Petersen. There’re only 6 songs in the «Ultramarine», but all of them are right on the mark. Their precision can’t be grasped from first seconds, but after several run-throughs one just can’t stop listening to the records. You want to put on replay the bold «Mickey Mouse», which is very similar to the previous releases of the Faroese musician: «Creeping Storm» (2009) and «The Mouse» (2012), want to meditate with «Ghost Of A Smile», and tune in to the touchy and vibrant voice of Fróði in the «Ultramarine».

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Musical «Kristiania». Part 2

Kristian Blak «Ravnating» (Tutl, 1982)

Kristian Blak & Yggdrasil «Ravnating (1982)» (Tutl, 1982)

It’s an absolutely great album of Kristian Blak, which tells us about the life of ravens in their natural habitat, and also about the legends of these birds in mythology, folk beliefs and literature. The record sounds quite minimalistic: we hear only the piano and Sunleif Rasmussen with percussion; this fact, though, gives it a peculiar charm, and doesn’t distract attention from the penetrating tune of each composition.

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Shine on you crazy tree!

To be sure, that Kristian Blak has got a versatile talent, is enough to listen to at least one of his records. Of course, he plays with the genres so skillfully, that his musical metamorphoses are hardly noticed from the first sight. Though, if you comprehend his works carefully, you can start listening to his album with the academic music, and finish with maestro’s jeers (personally, as I write this, I listen to a ruffian sketch «Risin Og Kellingin» from Blak’s suite «Drangar») and “belly” sounds of the wind instruments.

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