“12 Points has developed a particular talent for uncovering the extraordinary richness of Scandinavian vocals, and Norwegian singer Live Foyn Friis is a worthy addition to the list.” Cormac Larkin, The Irish Times
Artist: Five38; Foyn Trio; LAB Trio
Date Reviewed: April 9th, 2014
Over the past seven years, 12 Points has developed a particular talent for uncovering the extraordinary richness of Scandinavian vocals, and Norwegian singer Live Foyn Friis is a worthy addition to the list. Björk is a constant reference for contemporary singers, and rightly so, but Björk’s roots in Icelandic traditional music are roots she shares with other Scandinavian vocalists, and Foyn Friis is finding her own way within that tradition. With her Danish partners, Alex Jonsson on guitar and Jens Madsen on bass, she crafts an earthy, shamanic sound that is equal parts folk, jazz, indy and country.
Madsen doubles as the group’s drummer, thumping and slapping his bass, while Jonsson picks out ringing, countrified chords on his guitar, proving once again that Bill Frisell has cast a long shadow over this generation of guitarists. The Umea crowd clearly get where Foyn Trio are coming from and respond accordingly. Smiles all round.
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