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Review: Lyy, Lyy

[Dimma DIS007 (2010)]

Lyy reminds you what it is about Swedish folk music that is so appealing. The musicians are young, but have played together since 2006, so their sound is honed and tight. The band reminds me of Ranarim in their prime. They’re built around charismatic singer Emma Björling’s crystal clear, personable voice. Björling is also responsible for writing or researching much of the material the band performs. The group features both nyckelharpa (by David Eriksson) and violin (by Anna Lindblad), an unusual combination, and guitar (Petrus Johansson) and percussion (Martin Norberg). The opening two tracks, “Segertag” and “O hor I flicktor alla,” are as good as anything that’s come out of Sweden in years. While the rest of the material doesn’t quite rises to that level, there’s an undeniably appealing mixture of rock and folk influences in their music. If you’ve grown bored with Celtic music (and haven’t we all?), and are looking for something new, exciting and modern, take a chance on this one. You won’t be disappointed. [www.lyy.se]

—Jim Lee (Simi Valley, CA)


One comment on “Review: Lyy, Lyy

  1. […] first album is hardly perfect, but points to how enjoyable Nordic music, at its best, can be. [Full Driftwood review.] —Jim Lee, Simi Valley, […]

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