Wednesday, December 10, 2008

CD Review: Eja - A Swedish Quartet

Footprint Records

Eja is a Swedish quartet consisting of percussionist, celloist, Arabian lutist, and vocalist. They play traditional psalms and hymns of Nordic origin. Eva Rune provides the Swedish vocals. Her clear vocals are reminiscent of other Nordic folk music groups, such as, Gjallarhorn, Garmarna, and Triakel. The Arabic lute, played by Robert Folsch, adds a transglobal element to the group with high applause all around. The content of the songs contains elements of Biblical faith, joy and happiness, and the emotions of daily living. Liner notes include Swedish titles and lyrics. On the whole, Alruna transcends the Nordic spirit and brings forth long-standing traditions for a new generation. ~ Matthew Forss

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