An album only in Swedish? A difficult matter at first, one does not speak the Nordic language. With her "Songs from the North", the Swedish singer, who is otherwise one of the four vocalists of the formation Kraja, succeeds in casting a spell over listeners who are unfamiliar with the language. This is due not least to the wonderful arrangements that Lestander and her two jazz comrades-in-arms Jonas Knutsson and Mats Öberg missed out on the songs here. So you don't hear guitars or even drums, but mainly flugelhorn, saxophone or harmonica. Basically, on this album we are dealing with a Swedish version of Bob Dylan, because Lestander also offers a look into her musical research work: for years she has been searching her archives for traditions of traditional songs from the northernmost provinces of Sweden from the first half of the 20th century. An exciting insight into a foreign culture.
Top track: Gudejojk