All About Jazz

Home » Articles » CD/LP/Track Review

6

Erlend Apneseth: Ara

Don Phipps By

Sign in to view read count
With the album Ara, Norwegian Hardanger fiddler Erlend Apneseth and his trio (drummer Øyvind Hegg-Lunde and guitarist Stephan Meidell) signal a folk music retelling of ancient stories that bring to mind Viking landscapes of ice and snow. Winter is coming -yet the music suggests this winter provides deep and breathtaking introspection amid icy drifts, snow-capped mountains, and the surf of a wind-chilled frozen ocean shore.

Take the opening track, "Utferd," a composition that conveys an early morning eeriness, as though peering through the fog at distant crashing waves. Hegg-Lunde's drums provide an ancient back beat to Apneseth's beautiful wind-swept melody. "Tundra" reveals the subtle interplay of the trio. Apneseth plucks away at the melody while Meidell's guitar quietly howls below the surface of Hegg-Lunde's trotting drum.

In "Øyster," the meter is drawn out. Guitar and fiddle develop the folk melody and Hegg-Lunde knows how to support the music with just the right touch of flourish. "Stryk" is notable for the interplay of sounds—one can hear a wind harp and an almost bagpipe echo in the distance. "Undergrunn" harkens back to Medieval days, as it moves the listener from castle courtyard outward on a galloping ride through wind and snow.

The highlight of the album might be "Sakura," where the trio mix in an Asian flavor to the music —the floor tom drum and an electronic rumble shift below the guitar while the fiddle plays winsome notes above the repeating Asian motif.

The delicate nature of the tunes on Ara demonstrate the trio's immense talent. Pensive, contemplative, minimalist, the music elicits a soft fire on a chilly night. Atmospherics aside, this is music of sublime beauty. Highly recommended.

Track Listing: Utferd; Tundra; Øyster; Stryk; Undergrunn; Bølgebrytar; Saga; Lysne; Sakura; Klokkespel.

Personnel: Erlend Apneseth: Hardanger fiddle; Øyvind Hegg-Lunde: drummer; Stephan Meidell: guitar.

Title: Ara | Year Released: 2017 | Record Label: Hubro Records

Tags

Related Video

comments powered by Disqus

Related Articles

Read Love + Time + Divination CD/LP/Track Review
Love + Time + Divination
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 22, 2018
Read Gleb Kolyadin CD/LP/Track Review
Gleb Kolyadin
by Geno Thackara
Published: February 22, 2018
Read NEVER DIE! by \\livingfossil// CD/LP/Track Review
NEVER DIE! by \\livingfossil//
by Friedrich Kunzmann
Published: February 22, 2018
Read 25th Anniversary Project CD/LP/Track Review
25th Anniversary Project
by Geannine Reid
Published: February 22, 2018
Read SuperClusters CD/LP/Track Review
SuperClusters
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 21, 2018
Read Your Queen Is A Reptile CD/LP/Track Review
Your Queen Is A Reptile
by Chris May
Published: February 21, 2018
Read "Rising Tide" CD/LP/Track Review Rising Tide
by Geannine Reid
Published: May 16, 2017
Read "Western Edges" CD/LP/Track Review Western Edges
by John Sharpe
Published: July 2, 2017
Read "Ziljabu Nights - Live at Theater Gutersloh" CD/LP/Track Review Ziljabu Nights - Live at Theater Gutersloh
by Glenn Astarita
Published: March 22, 2017
Read "Duende Libre" CD/LP/Track Review Duende Libre
by James Nadal
Published: May 6, 2017
Read "After The Fall" CD/LP/Track Review After The Fall
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 13, 2018
Read "Live at the High Noon" CD/LP/Track Review Live at the High Noon
by Doug Collette
Published: June 22, 2017