One of the most acclaimed Nordic roots band of their generation, SVER brings Scandinavian fiddle and folk traditions together with explosive force, a new kind of epic Nordic folk music! Ranging from dreamy melodies to swinging, pounding, sweaty rhythms, all fueled by a madcap sense of humor–as shown in the group’s official music videos, which mix together 80s exercise videos and Nordic ski dancing footage. But these five musicians are very serious about the traditions from which they come. On FRYD (“Joy”), the long awaited follow up to two previous critically acclaimed albums, SVER bring an eclectic mix of Nordic roots, from breathtaking Hallings dances, to thrilling Reinlanders and “false waltzes.” SVER was founded in 2006 by the two band members and childhood friends Leif Ingvar Ranøien and Olav Luksengård Mjelva. The band’s members are all well-known in the Nordic folk music scene with solo careers and other projectsThey inject a shot of adrenalin into the old melodies through the sheer force of the performance and arrangements, so much so that they’re often described as “sounding electric without electricity.”
SVER was founded in 2006 by the two band members and childhood friends Leif Ingvar Ranøien and Olav Luksengård Mjelva. The band’s members are all well-known in the Nordic folk music scene with solo careers and other projects. The fiddler Olav Luksengård Mjelva has won the “Spellemannprisen”, Norway’s Grammy award, and he also got the prize for “Folk Musician of the Year” in 2013. Second fiddler Anders Hall brings the dense, interlocking harmonies that are the hallmark of Swedish fiddling. Olav and Anders also play in The Nordic Fiddlers Bloc, a trio with Kevin Henderson from Shetland, and they have been touring extensively throughout the UK, Europe and the US the past years. Accordion player Leif Ingvar Ranøien is one of the leading players in Norway, and he has set a new standard for playing the traditional music from the Røros region of Norway. With Adam Johansson on guitar and Jens Linell on drums, both known for their brilliant playing and energetic stage performances, the band is complete. The diverse backgrounds of the musicians in SVER has made them an attractive backing band for some of Scandinavia’s leading singers in different genres. That has lead to playing on TV shows, big festivals, and charting with music ranging from folk to reggae/dancehall and rap.
FRYD is a kind of level-up for SVER, infusing the dark Nordic noir roots of their music with a wildly compelling, high energy sound. The imaginative soundscapes on FRYD will take you on a journey over the Norwegian fjords and mountains, and they don’t let go until the last note.