Two Swedes and two English musicians make up this band. I first heard them on Andy Kershaw's R3 slot about a year ago and they were playing at an Arts Centre quite nearby, so I had to see them. I was struck by the contrasting elements of melancholy and brightness that seamlessly create a record of outstanding beauty.
I once heard Kenny Wheeler say he only liked sad songs, and I guess the same goes for me: listen to Ian Carr's instrumental, 'Ian's Javla Jig/Ian's Javla Polska' - track 3, and the full flavour of this magic combo will be revealed.
Karen Tweed's accordion playing is a revelation; and the two Swedish fiddlers, Ola Backstrom and Carina Normansson, (who also provides the vocals) take us on what they rightly call these chilling and thrilling adventures.
Talent in abundance; and live, almost too much to take in. Almost.
Oh yes, and if Ian Carr ever forgot how to play his sharp, concise and understatedly perfect chords, then he'd be a shoe-in for the Perrier Awards in Edinburgh, or whatever they call them now.
Go see 'em, and get their music. I envy you all the thrill of the discovery.