Saturday Music Interlude — Northern Latitude Update — Thus Owls, First Aid Kit, and Olafur Arnalds

The last few months have seen some interesting music come from our friends of the northern latitudes.  Here is some great music inspired by or from the land of long winters and the midnight sun.

The first group is known as Thus Owls.  It is a Canadian-Swedish duo of vocalist Erika Angell and guitarist husband Simon Angell who mines their inspiration from the small village tales from a Swedish island in the album Turning Rocks.

The next group, First Aid Kit, is a Swedish folk duo consisting of sisters Johanna and Klara Söderberg.  Their latest album, which was released May 19th of this year is known as Upside Down Mountain.  Their influences are American folk-rock and country-rock.

Finally, I meant to write about him earlier but Olafur Arnalds is always an inspiration.  Hailing from Iceland he composes neo-classical instrumental music inspired by minimalist and dream-like ambient and electronic music that effectively evokes emotions and memories of the subject at hand.  In his most recent album, Now I Am Winter, he collaborated with vocalist Arnór Dan of the Icelandic band Agent Fresco to create moody, atmospheric music that captures the essence of a land of snow, fire, and ice.

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