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LYY - Lyy

Dimma Sweden  DIS007

In the middle of the current northerly wintry cold spell, a CD by young, vibrant Swedish band Lyy (dialectal word for ‘sound’) arrived as fresh as a warm summers breeze. Fourteen tracks that make you smile due to the sheer enjoyment and energy in sound this band produces. Occasionally a hint of inspiration by Väsen can be detected. All arrangements are uniquely their own, and comparisons are more to do with similarities in instrumentation – nyckelharpa, fiddle, hurdy-gurdy, guitar and percussion with the added beautiful singing voice of Emma Björling.

What comes across is a ‘live’ sound that is not over-produced and well reflects personal arrangements of traditional material and self penned melodies and lyrics. The band was formed in 2006 take their musical inspiration from traditional, pop and rock musics. As a live band they are energetic and fully entertaining, often poking fun at themselves. Their music has a swinging flow and lift, taking a ‘Swedish sound’ to new levels. Lyy are a must see band and will be playing at Celtic Connections in Glasgow in January 2011. Check them out at as website is in English and Swedish.

Mats Melin

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This album was reviewed in Issue 87 of The Living Tradition magazine.