Album Review

Ballrogg – “Cabin Music” – [Hubro]

Thurston Hunger   12/12/2013   CD, Jazz

Crystal clear sound…but not ice crystals, this
release from the now trio is warm and cozy. Adding
Ivar Grydeland on guitar, especially his lap steel
with its delicate little lasso swinging around your
ears, is going to rope a lot of new listeners in.
The compositions are really beautiful, all composed
by Swedish sonic chef Klaus Holm, he delivers the
sort of Hubro vibe of lighter than an empty bird’s
nest with his reeds. Great use of clarinet with
Ivar’s strings. Slowly his notes circle, the fastest
they get is on “Sliding Doors” (or #3 as song titles
were differing in the booklet and in a CD player).
But on #3, Ivar brings out the banjo to gently
reign in the rhythm as Klaus’ sax slithers back and
forth. Bassist Roger Arntzen does a great job without
a drummer to keep what could be just drifting numbers
anchored to earth with toe-tapping, finger-thumping
lines. There is some light percussion added in too.
Through-out the album there’s a lots of subtle overdubs
of “polite noise” – soothing skronk, a crackling wire,
and your beloved grandmother’s ghost. Very nice flow
to this short, 4 song CD. A home, sweet suite, home
vibe. Even the titles are bed and breakfastable!

-Thurston Hunger

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