Na Na Ni

 

Tracklisting:
1. Black Fur 2. Alina’s Place 3. Hei Hei 4. 1986 5. Evil and I 6. Ninkon Loops 7. Angora Sleepwalking 8. Na Na Ni 9. 11 Years 10. Morr

NPR – …the ambiance of Fredrik’s debut makes it the perfect compliment to the changing leaves and darkening skies of the season.

NPR – Top 10 Songs of 2008 – 4. “Black Fur” by Fredrik, from Na Na Ni: This is essentially a hymn, and a truly gorgeous and infectious one. The band is from Sweden. I featured it on Second Stage earlier this year and found myself returning to this specific song over and over.

NPR – Top 10 Great Unknowns #2 – Fredrik – a mesmerizing and gorgeous debut… music with just the right mix of light and darkness: It’s quirky but elegant, spare but rich.

Stereogum – Band to Watch – The band says “Black Fur” is about “small wooden labyrinths, luck and the nature of animosity,” and “Alina’s Place” is about “failing to spell ‘tintinnabular’ and the tremendous hassles of growing up and finding a new home.” We say they’re about the prettiest things we’ve heard all week.

All Music – 4 Stars, discover not just a handful of hummable songs, but a curious and comforting sound world that’s at once familiar and unique unto itself.

MAGNET – Band to Watch – (featured in 15th Anniversary Issue) tenderly played acoustic guitars, glockenspiel and cello frame the melodic, wallflower vocals. Things get interesting, however, during japanese-tinged, koto-music interlude “Hei Hei” and the nearly all-instrumental second half of the album. Soon enough, Na Na Ni descends into a rabbit hole with the kind of mysticalll, pastoral tunes last heard on records by Gorky’s Zgotic Mynci and Fairport Convention. It’s a pleasantly weird turn of events for such an otherwise well-adjusted indie-pop album.