Fredrik – Trilogi

January 01, 1970

(The Kora Records)

Fredrik’s latest album, Trilogi, is
full of delicate, precise, particular music. It’s sweet and pretty without
being cloying or pretentious, and the arrangements are cinematic and textured
without becoming too grandiose or overly expansive. The duo, comprising its
namesake, Fredrik, and multi-instrumentalist Lindefelt, create music that
sounds beyond the ways and means of two Swedish guys working on their own.
These songs sound like they could only be fleshed out by an orchestra, or at
least a large ensemble, wrapping guitars, samples, programming, brushed drums,
and a variety of other instruments meticulously around each other.


Many of the album’s tracks are instrumentals. But when
Fredrik’s mellifluous tenor floats in over the mix, as on “Ava,” a
free-spirited song that remains propulsive by way of a soft electronic
backbeat, the music goes from atmospheric to clever and emotive pop. The general
atmosphere is hushed and library-like, but the constant details and changes in
tone that occur throughout each song render even the most careful moments
appealing. There is a lot going on in every track, although the two musicians
don’t allow their ideas to get away from them. Sometimes, however, they find
their pace in simplicity. “Milo” is such a
moment, a lo-fi chamber-pop piece that recalls baroque classical music through
its instrumentation and melodic through-line.


Fredrik’s musical rallying cry, such as it is, is eclectic,
skillful, and full of subtly impressive moments of harmonious reverie. Trilogi‘s success lies in making
blissed-out Scandinavian pop built upon a myriad of feelings and melodies
difficult to reduce to any one concept.


Standout Tracks: “Milo,” “Ava” JONAH



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