Rickard Jäverling

Two Times Five Lullaby

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Rickard Jäverling's debut contains extremely delicate music, the kind you pay attention not to breathe too loudly while listening, just in case it disintegrates. His simple melodies on acoustic guitar and harmonium sound so fragile yet are surprisingly assured. Two Times Five Lullaby has the Swedish pastoral mood stamped all over it, from the cheerful guitar picking in "The Three Sisters" to the soulful lead harmonica in "Palermo" (strongly reminiscent of Björn Olsson's solo debut). There is a strong Americana flavor to the album, with "The Three Sisters" leaning toward the hoedown and the presence of a banjo in "Brandon Bay." The latter piece also brings Frank Pahl to mind, with its harmonium, theremin, and bottle percussion, while the solo harmonium track "Martina's Waltz" has the grace of a Lars Hollmer song. Sagor & Swing's Eric Malmberg guests on organ for a couple of tunes, including "Track," a highlight. Somewhere between original timeless folk tunes and inconsequential melodies, the 11 tracks flow by effortlessly and you find yourself hitting that play button again, without even thinking about it. Peaceful and simple music, charming skeletons of songs.

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