A cultural center in Bergen (Norway) is the base of this record. A couple of artists came together to create “Salika, Molika”.
The trio actually released two albums before and the namesake of it, Erlend Apneseth has got his reputation for playing Hardanger violin out and with this trio it results in a fluent combination of folky elements and more modern touch.
Featuring this trio for this release is accordionist Frode Haltli. He gives the music an extra dimension. It seems a bit that the album is a collection of diverse influences which makes the album appear a bit messy. Does one part connect with the other, not necessarily. The red thread is hard to find and maybe that makes it hard to feel this album.
Also, it is not the kind of album you would listen to while being onto something. It requires a bit more because of all these diverse elements and therefore it will perhaps not get the amount of rotations it should have.
“Salika, Molika” is a bit of everything put together. It does not feel like a unity and therefore maybe not one we could recommend. You can’t win all the times as it seems.
1 Mor Song
2 Salika, Molika