‘Open Airs’ by Kyrre Slind - an eclectic and haunting presence(November 16, 2015)
Translating the atmospheres of places and the vibe of experiences gained along a journey into a musical travelogue, can if not carefully constructed, turn out to be so personal that it’s hard to identify with the artist’s endeavours. The talent to transfer a myriad of impressions thus gained into an accessible aural perspective is only achieved by a few composers, in his album ‘Open Airs’ Norwegian musician Kyrre Slind proves he possesses the necessary gift.
Mixing the expressive qualities of guitars, Renaissance lute, banjo, mandolin and sitar with comprehensive composing skills, a sensitive touch on the strings and an intricate understanding, Slind has achieved something wonderful with ‘Open Airs’. The mixing of Irish, Scottish and Norwegian influences sparkle with an iridescence that’s impossible to ignore. The creation of these musical landscapes hangs on the air with a heady fragrance of sound that’s wholly enveloping … open-tuned guitars, emotive lute, fretless bass and scintillating sitar - combining to build layered images that speak volumes. Opening with the carefree feel of ‘Oysterhaven’ the arrival of ‘Remembering’ delivers exactly as expected, with a mood-rich evocative melody. ‘Leska’ designed to evoke the character of an island off the coast of Norway certainly holds its own distinctive feel, as does the energy of ‘Sandra’s Melody’, while the sonorous grandeur of ‘Underwater’ conveys its message to perfection.
This is an album that exudes an eclectic and haunting presence. It offers a musical dignity that embraces the individualism of its creator with a multi-textured approach to hold your attention. Find ‘Open Airs’ and Kyrre Slind here: kyrreslind.com
Review: Tim Carroll