Wednesday 25 April 2018

Rebekka Karijord: Scandinavian star shines bright on arresting album

Alburm Review: We Become Ourselves (Control Freak Kitten Records)

John Meagher

John Meagher

Rebekka Karijord is a Norwegian expat in Stockholm. She has been a well-regarded but comparatively little known singer in Scandinavia for the past few years and this second album is her first to make it to these shores.

We Become Ourselves offers further evidence that this part of northern Europe continues to punch well above its weight when delivering artists who are armed with exceptional songs but who aren't of the identikit variant.

Over the course of 10 songs, Karijord explores the personal and universal in a highly compelling way, and her Scandinavian forthrightness is all over a handful of the more arresting numbers, including Use My Body While It's Still Young.

In the more commercial moments -- and there are plenty of those vying for attention amid her avant-garde instincts -- Karijord can sound uncannily like Leslie Feist.

Both the Norwegian and the Canadian share crystal-clear vocals that can tug hard on the heartstrings, although the cheery harmonies on Multicolored Hummingbird show that happiness is allowed to filter through the melancholia here and there.

Elsewhere, in the more esoteric moments which feature a distinctive hand-built organ, Karijord's evocative music is redolent of Karin Dreijer Andersson, who records under The Knife and Fever Ray monikers, and another singular Swede, Jenny Wilson.

Key tracks Use My Body While It's Still Young; Multicolored Hummingbird

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