Lori Gordon

Bletherings From a Music Obsessed Mind

Martine Lund Hoel – “Hidden Shore”


If I had to describe the debut release Hidden Shore by Martine Lund Hoel in one word, it would be intoxicating. Martine is a hardanger fiddler from Norway, but this is definitely not Norwegian folk music. Hidden Shore features a seductively lush aural landscape that one can get delightfully lost in.

Martine’s fiddling is exquisite as she explores the full range of her instrument. Additionally, she is backed by a full band, which adds rich layers to each piece. “Vildans” and “Varganatt” absolutely brim with unbridled passion. Equally breath-taking are the serenely pastoral “Sadly Missed” and the album’s one song, “Go n-éirí an bóthar leat,” done in a breathy soprano that quickly gets under the skin in a good way.

Hidden Shore is a stunning album that has left me wanting much more.

To hear Martine’s music, visit her MySpace page.


May 28, 2009 - Posted by | Album Reviews, New Age | , , ,

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