MIC’s Listen to Norway profile series continues with Gåte’s "Jygri".
Gåte could be labelled an unlikely success: they fuse traditional Norwegian folk-music elements with gothic influences, programming, walls of guitars and lyrics sung in their mother’s tongue. Gåte managed to score several radio hits with tunes that feature the untraditional combination of traditional fiddle work, vocals based on the ancient stev-style, frantic effect-laden guitar work and a hard-hitting rhythm section. The band’s extrovert and energetically charged live-performances added to the growing hype that culminated in the warm reception of the “Jygri” album and the subsequent strong sales. Revitalising traditional folk-music is a monumental task that Gåte have embarked on with youthful and fearless energy – completing a lasting and refreshing contribution to the renewal of traditional Norwegian music.
Gåte: Jygri (Warner Music Norway AS – 5050466-0835-2-4)