Frigg – Frost On Fiddles

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

After a five year recording hiatus, Frigg have delivered a brawny eighth album that, once again, demonstrates the Finnish band’s extraordinary energy and invention.  Their previous release Polka V (2012), which was named Folklandia’s Folk Album of the Year and earned the septet a Teosto Prize nomination, certainly took some following, but thanks to some scintillating strokes on fiddle, guitar, mandolin and bass, and a selection of enchanting waltzes, polskas and sprawling melodic soundscapes, Frost on Fiddles is nothing short of a triumph.  The album marks the first time the band has produced a record as a collective, a decision which has affected the overall presentation for the better.  Whilst nimble tunes and energetic crescendos are still intact, there is a depth to Frost on Fiddles that, via such arresting tunes as Kenkkuni & Pikkuni and Deep Water, finds new hues in Frigg’s already colourful palette. In true Frigg style, however, the tranquillity of their more pensive moments is offset by such tracks as “Friggin’ Polska”, with its distorted mandolin and stadium rock influences and the squealing abandon of “False Legenyes”.