We finish off this week's whistle-stop world tour in Sweden, with something ancient and modern. DJ Embee of the Loop Troop Rockers - not an ensemble whose work I am familiar with, I'm afraid - has teamed up with folk singer Esmeralda Moberg to perform poems written by his Dad, Roger Bergkvist, in a folk-tinged trip hop style. The resulting album is called Skuggpoeten, and it is out now.
The combination is occasionally a little soporific, but when it works it works extremely well. As these two examples demonstrate.
"Stad Vriden At Soder" - Skuggpoeten
"Kvarnforsen" - Skuggpoeten
Can anyone think of other Swedish groups that have successfully combined beats with more ethnic sounds? Oh yes...
Sunday, 28 November 2010
Swedes On Sunday
Posted by Ernie Goggins at 09:46
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Give a listen to Väsen - a Swedish Folk group that certainly doesn't limit themselves to being a "folk group".