Exposé Online banner

Hedningarna — 1989-2003
(NorthSide NSD6075, 2003, CD)

by Jon Davis, Published 2004-04-01

1989-2003 Cover art

Readers of this magazine have likely noticed over the last few years the fondness that several on the staff have for artists on the NorthSide label, with Hedningarna consistently getting good reviews. Those of you who have taken our advice and picked up on this great band may feel a bit of frustration at this compilation, as it features fifteen of the best tracks from the five proper albums (which you already have, right?) spanning the decade of 1989-1999, plus two new tunes recorded in 2003. The remaining track is a version of “Kruspolska” (originally on 1997’s Hippjokk) remixed by the popular techno artist Sasha. So the question is, are the new tracks worth the cost of this CD? I’m sorry to say I can’t save you any money there – they’re both great, easily up to the level of the other chosen tracks, and featuring a somewhat revised six-member lineup. For those of you who have yet to get into Hedningarna, it’s a no-brainer. Go out and pick this up as a low-cost, low-risk way to see if they suit your fancy. Even for those of us whose roots lie in parts of the world outside Scandinavia, this music touches neurons that feel like the farthest reaches of our past grasping onto the electric vitality of our own time. Primal beats and the raw emotion of ancient instruments weld together with joyful voices and modern technology to produce a communication beyond language.


Filed under: Archives, Issue 29, 2003 releases

Related artist(s): Hedningarna, Sanna Kurki-Suonio

Latest news

2018-09-25
Help the Psychic Equalizer Avoid Extinction – Last year we reviewed the debut album by Psychic Equalizer, a musical project of Hugo Selles. He's now working on the ambitious follow-up to that release, and is seeking funding from listeners around the world. » Read more

2018-09-05
Krautrock Documentary Seeks Funding – The next installment of the Progressive Warriors documentary series will focus on the vast body of music that falls under the banner of "krautrock." As most of our readers will know, previous films have tackled RIO and the Canterbury scene, as well as what we might call "mainstream" prog rock. » Read more

2018-07-31
Tomasz Stańko RIP – Tomasz Stańko, one of the greats of Eastern European jazz, has died at the age of 76. Stańko's career started in Krzysztof Komeda's quintet, where he contributed trumpet from 1963-1967, when he formed his own group. He worked extensively with Edward Vesala, Don Cherry, Zbigniew Seifert, Chico Freeman, Howard Johnson, Cecil Taylor, and many others. Many of his recordings have been released by ECM, an association that began in the mid-70s. » Read more

2018-07-09
Soft Machine Set to Release New Music – It's been 50 years since The Soft Machine changed the face of music with their first album. Their blend of psychedelic rock and jazz was unique, and while the band went through many changes before disbanding in 1981 — by which time there were no original members remaining — they remained an innovative force with a style all their own. » Read more

2018-07-01
7d Surfaces Happy Rhodes Back Catalog – We've covered singer Happy Rhodes before, both for her solo work and recently with The Security Project, but her 11 albums have been hard to track down. Until now. 7d features high-quality downloads of all her releases, and several of them are also available on CD. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Nukli - The Time Factory – Nukli are a psych-rock band who have a fairly long history peppered with only a few, rare releases. Having spent a good part of the 80s gigging in England on the festival scene with the likes of the...  (1999) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues