With a handful of split singles and self-released recordings already
under his belt, The Valleys – released on Kning Disk – is Rickard
Jäverling’s second full-length album, and the follow-up to his debut
outing Two Times Five Lullaby. Pulling together myriad strands of folk
music, Jäverling excels at creating wonderfully evocative images and
sounds via delicate finger-picking and deft instrumentation, in a
similar vein to his fellow countrymen Andreas Söderström (ASS) and
Karl-Jonas Winqvist (Blood Music). Conjuring images of vast expanses of
undulating landscape and eye-catching panoramas, Jäverling’s slowly
winding guitar lines intertwine with layers of sounds, and are often
teamed with slide guitar for an effortlessly warm and laidback feel,
akin to the calmness of the fjords. Imagine Bert Jansch relocated to
Scandinavian woodlands and you’d be close to capturing the pristine
beauty which pulses throughout these ten tracks.
Tracklisting: 01. Salt hill pt.1 02. May & Lee 03. Wishing well 04. Wedding ring 05. Train to c. 06. Rest your eyes 07. Salt hill pt.2 08. Little bird 09. April 10. Sun valley
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