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Barr - Skogsbo is the Place (CD)

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Origin: Sweden
Released: 2008
Catalog number: SAK-001
It’s a somber, mellow, melancholic exploration of pastoral acoustic landscapes, where the skies grow gray, the winds begin to blow with a slight chill, and the sun lies low and tired in the west. This is gorgeous stuff, even though it is so somber and sad. Dual vocals, male and female, sing with a detachment that is disarming at first, yet on repeated listens just... works. Hearing harmonium featured so prominently in the music is a nice change of pace. It adds an almost funereal aspect to the music that is amazingly fitting.

There can be incredible beauty in sadness, and I think the members of Barr realise this. Skogsbo is the Place is filled with this dark beauty, and while it may not be something I could bring myself to come back to time and time again, it’s nice to know that there’s something suitable for me musically when I need it.

I think there is something to be said for bands that work on exploring the domains of light and shadow. There is so much that can be done with contrasting mood that can be every bit as intense and the most grandiose display of instrumental wizardry... sometimes even more intense.