Grannar Sofiagatan

Folk Music from Southern Sweden

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Folk Music from Southern Sweden is a partially apt name for this album, since that's where the group formed. However, while all the tracks are definitely influenced by folk music, only five of the 15 cuts here are actually traditional. It's a testament to the invention of Grannar Sofiagatan that they make that music sound modern and vital, so it fits in easily alongside their own, very accomplished compositions. With seven instruments (plus vocals, albeit just after a fashion) between the three of them, there are possibilities for a large range of sound and combinations, and they take advantage of them. There are delicious, sinuous lines, most notably on "Brudvals Till Pär Och Annika," and some unusual pairings, in unison or harmonizing. It's a pleasure to hear, sometimes surprising, always delightful, and a sign that this band has that special something that sets it apart. As debuts go, this is glowing, and promises an excellent future indeed.

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