Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Trondheim Voices - Folklore [Hubro Music]

Released via the ever active Norwegian imprint Hubro Music on January 8th, 2k21 is "Folklore" - fully titled: "Folklore (traditional customs, tales, sayings, dances, or art forms preserved among a people)" - , the first album for the multi-member choir project Trondheim Voices on the label. Taking care of compositions by Stale Størlokken and Helge Sten this 13 track spanning album is not only the first quasi acapella-release on Hubro Music we've laid our hands on, if one dismisses sparse occasional percussions as well as tender electronic background textures hidden deep within the mix, but also one that relies on nothing but ethereal, angelic and floating vocal movements instead of fully formed words or phrases and therefore providing more of a deep, universal, solemn and somewhat spiritual, if not even ecclesiastical, listening experience which triggers spirits and senses buried deep within, touching base with our subconscious memories in a way that sermons of gregorian monks do - or rural, native chants in the plains of Africa or the highlands of The Andes mountain range. Touching and untouched, beautiful - and sometimes beautifully eerie as especially prevalent in the otherworldly "Illumination I" or its hyperminimalist successor "All Stand. Head Erect. Eyes Open." which are our favorite cuts on this longplayer by far. Check.

Album artwork on Instagram!


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