Friday, September 7, 2012

CD Review: Karine Polwart's 'Traces'

Karine Polwart

Scotland's Karine Polwart continues to amaze listeners with another poignant folk music release titled Traces. In this project, there are 'traces' of history, love, poetry, sadness, and social issues. Karine is the vocalist, songwriter, and guitarist, and she is joined by her brother on backup vocals and guitars, and Inge Thomson on accordion, percussion, and backup vocals. This is perhaps the most varied album to date from Karine, which mainly applies to the plethora of instrumentation not normally used in Scottish folk music. For instance, the marimba, vibraphone, and harmonium are some of the diverse instruments used. Overall, the music is warm, inviting, and delightfully-appetizing. This is Scottish folk at its best. ~ Matthew Forss  

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