Absolut Folk

Musiques Traditionnelles De Suede

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Interpretations of ancient farm culture tunes peppered with intimations of whimsy. Armed with clarinet, soprano sax, and violin, Roland Keijser, Anders Rosen and Kjell Westling tootle through dance and ceremonial instrumental music, burnishing it into round and woody shapes with hardly a rough edge. Improvised sections of songs similarly veer toward the conservative, with the accent on conservatory. But the disc is still a joy, and when the prevailing unison-style format thaws to let modern arrangements trickle in, from somewhere at the bottom of the mix you might detected an unchecked sniffle of glee.