Tirill: Nine and Fifty Swans
Tirill is a return to traditional Norwegian folk music that uses wonderful visual sounds from classical themes of melancholy and Tirill's angelic voice to paint moods and reflections of the natural beauty surrounding their homeland. They use these mental images painted with flute, cello, sounds of the ocean, bouzouki, guitar, accordion, recorders, keyboards, and other more classical instruments to enthrall listeners with magical music.
Imagine if the Irish poet, William Butler Yeats' words were set to relaxing Norwegian folk music? Yah…nice. Well, that works well to calm your day and set things into a warm soft motion.
"O Do Not Love Too Long" starts things off well with its deep cello and soft strings and Tirill's beautiful voice, "Sweetheart, do not love too long. I loved long and long, and grew to be out of fashion, like an old song". But with the excellent classical instrumentation, this music is perfect for any lover of early prog like "Nursery Cryme" era Genesis. And this track is a perfect day - starter.
Each track and poem is treated with such clarity and warmth, as if it were written by the musicians themselves. There is a respect given to each word as only Tirill, a lover of poetry could provide.
"To a Child Dancing in the Wind" opens with an excellent flute solo closely followed by cello and strings and of course Tirill's soft voice.
"The Fisherman/Carolan's Ramble to Cashel", with its flutes, soft strings, guitar and Tirill's voice reading the poetry is another highlight.
From there it only gets better with my favorite track, "Before the World Was Made", for which the band has created a wonderful relaxing video of Tirill walking by a lake or the ocean.
"The Wild Swans at Coole" closes the album well, with one last glance back at the relaxing lake before proceeding on to the hectic modern life we lead.
But for a while we are removed from time and are able to take in all the gifts of nature, given for us to enjoy. This music is the perfect accompaniment. Put this on your iPod or MP3 player and take it with you to your favorite "walk in the woods". The experience will be enhanced with this wonderful natural soundtrack.
1. "O Do Not Love Too Long"
2. "The Cup and Bells"
3. "He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven"
4. "To a Child Dancing in the Wind"
6. "The Fisherman/Carolan's Ramble to Cashel"
7. "Before the World Was Made"
8. "The Song of Wandering Aengus"
9. "The Song of the Old Mother"
10. "The Wild Swans at Coole"
Added: October 28th 2012
Reviewer: Mark Johnson
Related Link: Tirill.no
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