Sweden has a lot going for it. Its many cultural achievements include: anti-copyright advocates, bloodthirsty children, a serious love of coffee, frightening poetry*, meatballs, dancing policemen, and 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.
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.