February 9, 2014 by tincanreview
Sweden’s reputation for successfully reinterpreting the American roots genre has gained momentum in recent years thanks to artists such as I’m Kingfisher, First Aid Kit and Benjamin Folke Thomas. With their third album ‘Little Wild Life’, Swedish siblings Baskery add further credibility to this movement and produce their most accomplished work to date.
This is the band’s first release with independent Swedish label Mother Tarantula and was recorded over 10 days in Berlin with Californian producer Matt Wignall. Chilling opener ‘Northern Girl’ leaves the listener with few clues as to what lies ahead as Greta, Stella and Sunniva Bondesson bounce pitch perfect harmonies against the room’s natural acoustics.
The 10 songs which follow cover wide musical ground and the lyrics unfold like a series of short stories rather than chapters in a novel. The common thread throughout however is the band’s distinctive playing style. Strong harmonies are combined with a tight rhythm section and guitar riffs ranging from folk picking to Morricone gun slinging. Midway track ‘The No No’ utilises these elements perfectly.
The mood of each song contrasts satisfyingly with the next yet connect like the colours of a kaleidoscope. The quality is consistent and final track, ‘The Solution’, is a far cry from the ethereal album opener. Baskery maintain their unique reputation whilst taking a creative leap forward.
Released 20th January 2014. Rating 3/5