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Triakel — Vintorvisor (Wintersongs)
(NorthSide NSD6061, 2000, CD)

by Jon Davis, Published 2001-12-01

Vintorvisor (Wintersongs) Cover art

Triakel is a three-piece consisting of Garmarna’s Emma Härdelin singing with Hoven Droven’s fiddler Kjell-Erik Eriksson, along with Janne Strömstedt on harmonium. They stick to simple acoustic arrangements, and for this second album, they turn their attention to the holiday season. Scandinavian songs for Christmas, St. Stephen’s Day, Advent, and Epiphany are presented in spirited, but fairly traditional, fashion. There is also a special hymn written for the new millennium by Benny Andersson, who joins the trio on accordion. This may very well be the first time Exposé has reviewed a CD featuring a former member of ABBA. Ranging from slow and melancholy to bouncy oom-pah styles, the tunes are uniformly beautiful. But I suppose Emma Härdelin could sing the Stockholm phone book and it would sound beautiful. If you’re looking for innovative modern music based on Nordic folk, you’ll need to look elsewhere, but if you’re looking for a holiday alternative to more familiar fare, Wintersongs may be just the package.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 23, 2000 releases

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