Exposé Online banner

Swåp — Du Da
(NorthSide NSD6085, 2005, CD)

by Jon Davis, Published 2006-05-01

Du Da Cover art

Swåp, you might recall, is the foursome of two Swedes – Carina Normansson (fiddle, vocals) and Ola Bläckström (fiddle) – and two Brits – Karen Tween (accordion) and Ian Carr (guitar). The music, however, is pure Swedish to my ears, full of the lilting melodies and bouncy rhythms I associate with Scandinavian folk music. This is not to diminish the advertised Celtic influence in their sound, which does show up occasionally, mainly in Tweed’s accordion. But the two traditions are not that far from each other musically to begin with, and the blend is completely seamless, so titles like “Brudpolska från Orsa efter Minu Per” and “Mäster Åslund” sway me to the Swedish side. After all, the most notable jig they do is “Ian's Jävla Jig”. The playing all around is spirited and tightly arranged. The highlight for me is the brief “Blind Mattis Leken” which features a quick 9/8 rhythm with shifting accents that may or may not be the result of meter changes – it’s hard to tell when they fly through it so fast. Roughly half of the music is traditional in origin, with various members contributing original tunes. Normansson’s singing is strong and lively, and English translations are provided.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 33, 2005 releases

Related artist(s): Swåp

Latest news

2020-07-22
Tim Smith RIP – Tim Smith, leader of the eccentric band Cardiacs, has died at the age of 59 after many years of health problems. Cardiacs was known for intense and complicated music that combined punk energy with the rhythmic and harmonic sophistication of progressive rock. » Read more

2020-07-12
Judy Dyble RIP – Singer-songwriter Judy Dyble, who was a founding member of Fairport Convention and one of the distinctive voices of the 60s folk revival in Britain, has died at the age of 71. Her passing came at the end of a long illness, though which she continued to work. » Read more

2020-07-06
Ennio Morricone RIP – Famed composer Ennio Morricone has died at the age of 91. The creator of scores for more than 500 movies, some of his works have become the most recognizable sounds in the history of cinema. His soundtracks for Sergio Leone's Westerns made from 1964 to 1971, are iconic landmarks in film music, but he also composed for dramas, comedies, and other genres. He won the Academy Award for Best Original Score in 2016 for The Hateful Eight. » Read more

2020-06-14
Keith Tippett RIP – One of the giants of British jazz has left us. Keith Graham Tippetts, known professionally as Keith Tippett, died today at the age of 72. His work from the late 60s into the 70s and beyond includes some of the greatest jazz produced in the UK, and stands as an impressive oevre to this day. » Read more

2020-05-15
Phil May of The Pretty Things RIP – We were saddened to learn that Phil May, lead singer and founding member of The Pretty Things, has died at the age of 75. The band's 1968 album S.F. Sorrow is one of the enduring classics of the psychedelic era, and the group existed in various forms until finally retiring in 2018. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Christopher Franke - Klemania – Apparently a special recording to celebrate KLEM day, an electronic music festival in the Netherlands, Franke's Klemania album is both a pleasant surprise and a disappointment. I hate to judge...  (1994) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues