Finland, 1997, Nordic folk / contemporary folk

GjallarhornRanarop – Call of the Sea Witch: Like DakhaBrakha, they add a strong, dance-able beat to the traditional folk. The band is Finnish in nationality but hail from one of the few Swedish-speaking parts of Finland, making the music Swedish in character. They play ballads and minuets that have survived only in that small Swedish-speaking area of Finland. The female vocalist also employs a vocal technique called a kulning, which is “a high-pitched, wordless vocal technique based on traditional Scandinavian cattle-herding calls”. This album is an accessible entry point for listeners interested in Scandinavian folk.

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