Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Frakmundt/Heiwehland/Steinklang/2011 CD Review

Frakmundt are a band from Switzerland that had their previous album reviewed in this zine that plays a musical style I would describe as being Swiss Ur-Folk and this is a review of their 2011 album "Heiwehland" which was released by Steinklang.

Percussions are all slow beats, while the accordeon, hurdy-gurdy and flutes bring an ancient folk music feeling to the music, as for the bass playing it has a very strong and powerful sound with folk riffing that dominates throughout the recording.

Guitars are all acoustic with alot of full chords and finger picking that bring a medievel folk music feeling to the music and there are no guitar solos or leads present on this recording.

Vocals are a mixture of clean singing male and female vocals that get operatic at times with a brief use of spoken word parts, while the lyrics are written in Swiss Alemannic dialect with themes that cover historical and strange events, tragic tales, frightening creatures, mysterious beings and the melancholic longing for a beautiful homeland, as for the production it has a very dark and ancient sound to it.

In my opinion this is another great album from Frakmundt and if you where a fan of their previous recording, you should enjoy this one as well. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Chromm Domini s' esch Zyt!" "Ha an em Ort es Bluemli gseh" "S'Toggeli" and "Heiwehland". RECOMMENDED BUY.

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