Sweden: shwjergen!

Sweden has a lot going for it.   Its many cultural achievements include: anti-copyright advocates, bloodthirsty children, a serious love of coffeefrightening poetry*, meatballs, dancing policemenand goth detectives

But speaking of Swedish trilogies…back in January, the folk-electronica sextet from Malmö, Sweden, Fredrik, released a sophomore album Trilogi that is really three limited release EPs put together.  Evocative and eerie, Trilogi takes you on a thematic journey from Frozen Forests to the Underworld.  While I find it hit or miss at times, tracks like the plaintive and medieval sounding “Milo” makes Fredrik one more thing for Sweden to crow about.

Apparently they did a one week US tour back during Snowpocalypse 2010, stopping hardly anywhere (and yet finding time to play a bookstore in Harrisburg?), but if you like this you can catch them in a stripped down, acoustic, slightly hungover form over at the NPR website.

Fredrik, “Milo”

You can buy Trilogi at Amazon.

It’s not exactly weekend dancing music (unlike The Gas House Gorillas, who played energetic swing music to an appreciative Musikfest crowd of saddle-shoed hipsters and old folks alike the other night), but I like it.

*If you click on any of these links, click on this one.

Update!  I forgot…that NPR concert has spooky whistling.

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2 Responses to Sweden: shwjergen!

  1. David G says:

    I dig. Glad to have listened to it on Monday morning though.

    Kandace read Girl with the Dragon Tattoo in Puerto Rico, and she made it seem like 90% of the action was making coffee and eating sandwiches. Sounds good to me.

    Also, what the hell is that poem?

  2. Yeah, definitely more of a “Monday Morning Slowdown” than an “It’s the Weekend!” Duly noted.

    I haven’t read it, but I remember a post by Matt Yglesias a long time ago that said the same thing re: coffee. That’s what made me look up those consumption statistics in the first place. I guess the movie (which was pretty excellent) focused mostly on the 10% that was much more violent and gruesome.

    The poem is by Aase Berg, a Swedish surrealist poet. With Deer is her latest book, I think. I found out about her through the blog of Johannes Goransson, another Swedish poet and translator who teaches at Notre Dame and runs Action, Yes Quarterly with his poet-wife. Goransson (or maybe Lara Glenum, who also does stuff at Action, Yes) calls Berg’s poetry “gurlesque,” which is a portmanteau blending of girlish and grotesque, that associates “cuteness” with powerlessness and sexual submission and seeks to undermine it. Pretty crazy stuff. Crazy good.

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