New Reviews: November 29, 2004
Reviews by Paula E. Kirman
From the Nordic music trio comes an album of all-new material. Keyed Up is acoustic Heaven, with
guitar, fiddle, mandolin, nyckelharpa. Many of the songs have a very improvised feel to them.
Väsen has long been a fixture on the Nordic music scene, and this, the band's first studio album in four years, was worth the wait.
Black Hen Music/Universal
Shuyler Jansen is best known in his hometown of Edmonton, Alberta as the lead singer with the roots band Old Reliable.
Hobotron is his first solo outing, and is also roots -- with more. Electronic layers and textures
add another dimension to Jansen's folk/country/roots/rock. His deep, earthy vocals and original songs
are definitely country-influenced, and meshed with the digital effects an almost Daniel Lanois-type of sound is created.
Definitely one step away from the mainstream.
Paula E. Kirman is the Editor and Webmaster of Inside World Music.