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Fejd - Eifur

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Wed 12 Dec 12
/ 5

Acoustic folk music is almost as fancy as their metallic brethren (ALMOST, but not by any lack of trying), and made even better when they encompass a harder, rock-born approach. I’m reminded of a group I caught live last year called The Dread Crew of Oddwood, who had that same unplugged approach but knock their listeners dead with a bludgeoning feel best left to a plugged-in group, upping the fun factor and lessening the epic appeal…it works for them, the way I see it, and we really don’t see any of their ilk existing in the forever-burgeoning musical underground.

After some online searching, I learned more about this here Fejd band, apparently with the same rockin’ acoustic approach, and took to this like a duck to bread…

At the opening of the disc, Fejd doesn’t hold anything back or create any kind of stylistic predilections of what they could be. What works in Fejd’s favor is that, as a result of the sound and overall arrangements, this listener doesn’t really miss the electric instrumentation that many of their genre-based ilk use (actually, now that I mention it, metal guitars would have possibly hindered the process and rendered many of the harmonies buried underneath its swaths of unnecessary brutality.) and can be swept away with the musical tide. Stirring, melodic, and truly forest-born, “Eifur” is a great listen, a sort of Easy Listening folk rock album for those occasions in which you don’t want to deal with all things distorted (it happens…) with a good does of Finnish-ish melody coupled with occasional bouts of Swedish heaviness (due to an apparent metal link of inspiration), where a soft, embracing sensation is present with the guitars/bass, underscored keyboards, various acoustic instrumentation (accordions, fiddles, all those niceties), double-bass happy drum work and soft-spoken, Hansi Kursch-esque singing that is tight and natural-sounding in their performance, done so with the reckless energy of a jam session around a roaring campfire rather than a squeaky-clean, perfected-to-the-point-of-plasticity-inducing studio feel (that’s been one of the fine qualities of the folk rock/metal end of things). The complete product could have been a bit better if the vocals had a bit more beef and balls to them and the synth lines came off as more realistic (the ambient approach is fine, but when in conjunction with the rest of the group it sometimes sounds a bit out of place), but that simply a small run of water under the bridge when the bouncy tandems come your way, and with FEJD this is augmented all the more with such an appeal, as songs like “Drangen Och Kraken”, “Junfru I Hindhamn” and “Gryning” attest as best they can in their own personal contexts.

In the end, I found Fejd’s latest enjoyable in all their differentness, with enough fine melodies to warrant repeated listens. Nowadays, when I want a lot of fun with my music but not always of the shredding variety, I can fall back on “Eifur” to get the job done.

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