Latvians SKYFORGER release an acoustic album with Zobena
Dziesma/Sword Song offering space for thoughtful as well
as cheerful sentiments. It is very convenient that the band translated
all their Latvian titles and lyrics to English so that fans all
over the world can understand the lyrical aims.
Apart from this positive bilingual impression, the music convinces
with decent beauty, because the traditional songs are dominated
by wonderful chants. Oftentimes the musicians act in a shifted
multi-vocal way and harmonize at best. In addition, a female voice
comes into operation marginally. The instrumental accompaniment
is done by acoustic guitars for most of the time, enriched and
completed by different flutes and a jaw harp. Every now and then,
natural background sounds underline the particular song’s
atmosphere. From time to time, SKYFORGER abstain from all
instruments and do only use the voice as interpretation’s
media. I want to mention the wonderful performed track When
The Sun Was Rising as example for this tactics. The concluding
A Crested Bird Sings brings choral-like chants to the fore
carrying this nice tune. Contained flute sounds round off this
work in relaxed and quite reflective manner summing up the album’s
overall mood felicitously.
SKYFORGER play music in very authentic way and with a lot
of sure instinct on Zobena Dziesma/Sword Song. Consequently
this release cares for laid-back diversion with style!