Gjallarhorn: Rimfaxe

Rimfaxe

Rimfaxe är producerad och inspelad i Finland av Martin Kantola. Mixning och sonic design i USA av den legendariska Bruce Swedien, som spelat in världens mest sålda skiva. Michael Jacksson´s ”Thriller”.

Rimfaxe är Gjallarhorns fjärde och senaste album. När albumet släpptes låg det under tre månader på The European World Music Charts top 20 list. Gjallarhorn ”Rimfaxe” blev också BBC Music Magazine’s world music ”Choice of the month” album 01/2007, med en 5/5 stars review:

”Originally hailing from the chilly climes of Ostrobothnia, (a Swedish-speaking part of Finland), the quartet Gjallarhorn have made some dense, dark, and sometimes ‘difficult’ music in the past decade. Their fourth album Rimfaxe gets the shadows-and-light balance just right, thanks in no small part to mixing and ‘sonic design’ by Bruce Swedien, also known for his work on Michael Jackson’s Thriller album. There’s a strong sense of place and adventurous narrative throughout this set of radically modern takes on medieval hymns and ballads, leavened with a racing ‘bonfire song’, a ‘cow call
improvisation’ and more. The piercing, ice-clear voice of sole original member Jenny Wilhelms is their most striking asset, best heard on ‘Hymn’. And the strangest sound is the extraordinary moaning of Göran Månsson’s sub contrabass recorder, in place of the didgeridoo the band once used for drone effects. Master percussionist Petter Berndalen duets with Adrian Jones’s viola on a polska dance and there are some marvellous, dissonant surges of brass on ‘Silverbright’. It’s not easy listening, but it’s worth the effort.”

Jenny Wilhelms Sång, Adrian Jones Viola och Mandola, Petter Berndalen Slagverk, Göran Månsson Flöjter.

Released 29.08.06

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