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Boomkat Product Review:
Glasgow-based folk trio Nalle sidestep the customary array of influences in favour of more esoteric, Eastern explorations. One of the key players in Nalle is Scottish avant-folk mainstay Chris Hladowski, a member of Scatter, The Family Elan and The One Ensemble. On The Siren's Wave, Hladowski plays alongside Aby Vulliamy as backup for vocalist Hanna Tuulikki, who's at the centre of most of the action on the record, providing a melodic focus for the more abstract meanderings of these six pieces. A bed of rugged string bowing cushions Tuulikki's voice on the odd, drifting opener 'Nothing Gold Can Stay', only for less conventional instruments to take over on 'Young Light', sounding as if it's taken cues from classical Japanese music but for the cartoonishly over-expressive tones of Tuulikki to entirely switch the tone. Wading through the floating harmonium tones and loose string plucks that populate the remainder of the album, you'll either find the singer a useful tour guide around the record, keeping you anchored in something recognisable as 'song', or you'll grow tired of the exaggerated whinnying she comes out with - it's destined to be a real love/hate scenario. Arguably the most unreservedly successful moment on the album comes during 'Secret Of The Seven Sirens', whose ancient folk stylings stem from the same place as Fursaxa or Espers.