Rickard Javerling - Two Times Five Lullaby
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Rickard Javerling
Two Times Five Lullaby

The only time you hear the voice of Rickard Jäverling during Two Times Five Lullaby is during the opening seconds of the album, when he quietly counts into the song "Ice Princess." A folk musician who travelled across Europe, Jäverling finally settled back in his home country of Sweden and starting laying down tracks. Joined by several friends (including Erik Malmberg of Sagor &l Swing on Hammond organ), he has created a warm, lush debut album of pastoral instrumentals.

Making use of banjo, accordion, harp, hand percussion, organ, melodica, guitar, violin, singing saw, and drums (sparsely), the eleven track release plays out something like a more organic and less droning version of the group Tape, and a little like the instrumentation that Adem creates on his solo albums. After the aforementioned opening track, the release really gets going nicely with "Three Sisters," as delightful guitar melodies wind together while some soft percussion and accordion pull the track together into something playful.

The musical theme introduced on the previous track is revisited slightly in other places on the release with different instrumentation, and it's little things like that touch that help to pull the album together even more tightly. "Heavenly Birds Pt. 1" is paced more deliberately, but with some soft chimes and some subtle horns, the track (which also mixes in some field recordings) is easily one of the most earthy on the entire release. More than anything, Two Times Five Lullaby sounds like several people getting together and just creating a nice little album of songs that could easily be the soundtrack to your favorite storybook you had when you were a child. "Martina's Waltz" is a perfect example, as nothing more than a wheezy organ (complete with creaky bellows) seems to convey more feeling and reflection that loads of songs with more dense instrumentation. Perfect music for a lazy weekend day, this one is worth checking out if you like any of the aforementioned.

rating: 710
Aaron Coleman 2006-11-16 21:00:20