We’re All In
Fredrik, yet another preciously awesome indie band from Sweden, makes their American debut. It will all end in pop genius, tintinnabulation.
Their music--like much of the music coming from Scandinavia in recent memory--proves their arctic clime's pop genius. It's expertly produced, performed, and packaged. The most aggravating (and, of course, delightful) part of all is how effortless they make it sound. The component parts of "Alina's Place," the second track, seam together without a string out of place as the music gently evolves in tone and timbre throughout. Pounding (yet somehow quiet) drums give way to finger-plucked guitars, and pan-pipe-sounding woodwinds eventually lead to a closing polyphonic tintinnabulation. The resulting sound is cozy but not twee, dark but not morose.
Fredrik will be touring the East coast in support of Na Na Ni through November. If it hasn't yet been made clear enough, they come highly recommended.