MIC's Listen to Norway series continues with Veslefrekk's 'Valse Mysterioso'
As the title implies, waltzes are the focal point for Veslefrekk’s ‘Valse Mysterioso’ album. Three quarters of famed improv combo Supersilent; Ståle Storløkken (synths), Arve Henriksen (trumpet,vocals) and Jarle Vespestad drums return to the stage a decade after the trio’s ground-breaking debut album. Veslefrekk can be seen as a gentler, more melodic little brother to the louder and more experimental Supersilent. The beautiful melody lines reveal a trio with a distinct acoustic sound that focuses around the sonorities of the instruments and brings together the eerie beauty of Storløkken’s analog synths with Henriksen’s breathy trumpet playing and falsetto vocals and Vespestad’s minimalist drumming. All compositions lean towards the slow, minimalist and lyrical edge, creating an intimate atmosphere with a bare minimum of instrumentation. ‘Valse Mysterioso’ is a testimony to the close affinity between the highly skilled performers and their ability to bring across a wide range of emotions in wildly varying settings.