Jord - Mailmale
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Swedish quartet Jord keeps it airy and amiable on their second recording. With kantele, flute, guitar, bass, and accordion, light and spaciousness are built into the sound. The songs have a sing-along quality (if, of course, you can sing in Swedish). The melodies go down as easy as ice cream on a summer's day; the harmonies are sweet and comforting to the ears. The musicianship is strong without being overpowering. Jan Johansson's accordion work is a standout, all sparkling runs and solid, danceable rhythms. A few non-Nordic touches such as dumbek, kalimba, and some tango and Middle Eastern rhythms, vary things up a bit.

The quiet, lovely "Där nere vid vattnet (Down by the water)" with its gentle harp and kalimba plucks and pensive melody is a simple delight. In a similar vein is the closing track, "Kaikki ilot jotka minä täällä sain." With just hushed vocals and harp, it's as tender a piece as you're likely to hear. "Täällä vain olen," in contrast, is a dark, smoldering tango.

My only problem with Mailmale is that, at forty minutes, it seems too short. When the music's as fine as this, you want to hear more. - Peggy Latkovich

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