Folk songs from Oslo
The songs on the CD enchant and remind me of French bals-musette sung to the Norwegian language. The jaunty accordion set to polka and waltz melodies sound more cabaret than folkloric. Perhaps, this is because I have little go on besides the press notes which are the only text in English. I would have loved to have seen English translations of the lyrics and English titles for the 20 tracks that appear on the CD, I was only given a handful. The titles I do have include two polkas, Logger Song and The Girl from Sørkedalen. Also we have the bouncy The Marching Competition and the ambient Moon Song. My favorite songs are Varnise, a haunting ballad with Groven Myhren on vocals and the first three tracks. Groven Myhren reminds me of the Swedish folksinger Emma Härdelin (Triakel). Perhaps the folksongs have an urban history, yet, I can see people of the forest pulling these songs out of a hat and singing them late into the night. Bring on the accordion.