Garmarna have a unique sound: firmly based in Swedish traditional music but influenced by the rock tradition they’ve all grown up with. They ignore the unwritten laws of how traditional music should be performed; they know no boundaries. The music is half new – and newly-written – and half traditional with ancient instrumentation next to sampled drum-loops, suggestive mouth harps, tender violins and distorted guitars.
Stefan Brisland-Ferner – violins, viola, hurdy-gurdy, programming, guitar
“Once you’ve lifted your jaw off the floor at the way ancient and modern fit seamlessly together, you’ll find yourself completely hypnotized. Music for the millennium – any millennium.” – Wired (July 1999)