Maimu Jõgeda – Pühendus

Album Review | Self Release | Review by Liam Wilkinson | Stars: 4/5

There are few better ways to spend thirty-three minutes than in the company of Maimu Jõgeda’s captivating accordion.  On Pühendus, the young musician invites us to explore the landscapes of her native Estonia via twelve original instrumentals, all played with palpable emotion and dexterity on a single instrument, with nods towards Estonian folklore.  Whilst the album is saturated in a distinctively folky sound, Jõgeda also allows her jazz roots to show, having previously performed as part of a number of jazz ensembles.  Folk melodies on such tracks as “Kolme Peale”, “Kahekõne”and “Pilvede Tants” are set against sprawling backdrops that incorporate nimble rhythms and evocative jazz chords whilst “Sekundid” and “Pühendus” are almost cinematic in their searching tranquility.  And as you reach the end of this mesmerising set, it’s comforting to know that this crowdfunded debut album is just the beginning of what promises to be an exciting career.