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Album Review

The core of Fredrik is the duo of Fredrik Hultin and Ola Lindefelt, a pair of Malmö-based musicians who also happened to form the band the LK. The music they create on Na Na Ni, however, is quite a different animal from that group's buzzy electronic pop, applying the same ear for sonic detail and an unerring penchant for melody to a more folk-inflected and more resolutely understated set of compositions. The results are nothing short of enchanting, using a consistent, gently evocative sound palette — Hultin's acoustic guitars, voice, and accordion, and Lindefelt's bells, drums, cello, and delicately wheezy electronics — to balance deceptively complex, layered arrangements with a charming, lo-fi intimacy. March-like singalong "Black Fur" opens the album on an especially cheery note, which is taken up more modestly on the calmer but amply catchy "Alina's Place" (whose poetically cryptic lyrics make it somewhat less reassuring) — no less winsome, though, are the more abstract instrumental pieces which make up half of the track list. The title of one, "Angora Sleepwalking," succinctly captures the softness and sweet, dreamlike strangeness of the prevailing mood; another, "Morr," intentionally or not provides a clue to Hultin's musical aesthetic, suggesting their similarities to the less overtly electronic end of that German label's output, and the work of Múm in particular. One might also draw comparisons to the gentle, textural experiments of Silje Nes, or, to name some non-Scandinavians, the fractured folk of Animal Collective, Tunng's woodsy whimsy, and even Sufjan Stevens' antiquarian-minded indie pop. Fans of any of these artists would do well to investigate Hultin's fine debut; they will discover not just a handful of hummable songs, but a curious and comforting sound world that's at once familiar and unique unto itself. Also worth noting is the Kora Records' elegant package design, which makes Na Na Ni a joy of a thing to hold, and the appropriately intriguing booklet etchings by Warren Hilt. ~ K. Ross Hoffman, Rovi

Customer Reviews

Just get this album. You will not be let down

I just came across them on a music blog and decided to check them out a bit more. I have been listening to their music the past few days and am stoked out of my mind on it. If you buy it you will enjoy it guaranteed. Don't blow it by not buying this great piece of music.

Add something new to your music diet

You deserve a break from the same old top 40’s garbage. Fredrik Na Na Ni is a breath of fresh air to vibrate your ear-bones.

Gorgeous music

I found Fredrik through All Songs Considered's Second Stage. They recently ranked as No. 2 (behind Son Lux) within the Top Ten Great Unknowns. While this review is about Fredrik, I still would like to say to check out Son Lux's recent album as well. Both albums are beautifully crafted, but this is a more uplifting listen (Son Lux tends to be more somber and meditative). The lyrics are brilliant, the beats are catchy. If you want comparisons, Fredrik's (the lead singer/guitarist) voice sounds fairly similar to that of Owen Pallette, the solo artist behind the band Final Fantasy. The songs are beautifully crafted, and flawlessly executed; there's a careful balance between synthetic sounds, electric instrumentation, acoustic instrumentation, and vocals. Do yourself a favor and purchase this album; to me, it ranks only under Bon Iver's Emma, Forever Long Ago, as the second best album released in 2008.


Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '00s, '10s

The Swedish experimental pop outfit Fredrik grew out a collaboration between multi-instrumentalist Fredrik and singer Lindefelt, both of whom also worked together in an indie electronic duo named the LK. As Fredrik, they carved out a genre-bending sound that reflected its influences, a myriad blend of '60s and '70s scenemakers like Bo Hansson and Fairport Convention, as well as more contemporary...
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