Album Review: By Chance Upon Waking by Nalle

Album Name: By Chance Upon Waking
Artist: Nalle
Year/Label: 2006 / Independent

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Review by Anna Maria Stjärnell

Nalle (Nordic word for teddybear) consists of Hanna Tulikki, Aby Vulliamy and Chris Hladowski. Their music uses unusual instruments to creative a weird amalgam of folk and other styles.

Hanne Tulikki’s striking vocal is childlike and feral like Björk can be, or maybe Joanna Newsom.

“Iron’s Oath” is sweet and heady, all odd string instruments being used in inspired fashions.

“Sea Change” begins slowly with Tulikki’s singing throatily and the others following her lead.

“New Roots” weds traditional folk to newer sounds with intoxicating results. There’s even an Asian influence at play.

Nalle’s record is a remarkable thing.

Posted on May 18, 2006

Track Listing
Listen to track samples
1. Sunne Song
2. Midwinter’s Dream
3. Iron’s Oath
4. Sea Change
5. Forest Meditation
6. New Roots
7. Birth of the bear (ursa minor)
8. Ravens

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