Friday, August 19, 2011

CD Review: Karl Seglem's 'Ossicles'


As the founder of Norway's independent music label NORCD, Karl Seglem knows a thing or two about good music. Karl composed all eleven tracks and played the tenor sax, goat horns, and antilope horn on several tracks. An ossicle is a small bone of the inner ear, which is an appropriately-titled album, because the sounds end up traveling through the inner ear. Ossicles penetrates the thickest skull with a largely instrumental ensemble of Hardanger fiddle, horns, ngoni, mbira, guitars, drums, and assorted percussion. The music is a bit experimental, yet extremely relaxing and infectious without all of the fancy-shmancy electronic additives of trance, dub, dance, and avant-garde music. Karl's latest effort does not specifically signify a particular cultural style, genre, or country. Instead, Ossicles is a lavish journey into the world of instrumental groove with worldly elements culled from jazz, classical, folk, roots, and ethnic sources. Ossicles is good enough for the mind, body, and spirit. ~ Matthew Forss

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