There is something in Chorus Grant’s music that reminds of a warm and welcoming place, a crackling fire with some delicate chats in front of a good glass of red wine. Danish singer, guitarist and songwriter Kristian Finne Kristensen settles his music in the land between Jeff Buckley and Scott Matthew, collecting all the useful inputs from authorial rock and intimate folk attitude. The result is Vernacular Music, out in 2019 for Tambourinhoceros, after the acclaimed Space (2014), internationally appreciated.
The album offers a collection of fragile folk songs focused on the sound of Kristian’s guitar. It starts from “Hibernation Drill”, a brush stroke of delicacy talking about the emotive side of life and the fact that some things can be lived only by emotions. The following “Lives” takes inspiration from medieval songs and offers the chance to mix electronic with flutes and whispers. This song is an example of Kristian’s ability to create unsettling scenarios in a folk song structure, with the result of a below-trace tension.
“Chamber One” is a water color with faint strokes, in which the harmony between horns and guitar raises the climax. “Changing Forever” is a smooth ballad in which Kristian’s voice gest close to crooning. “Grass Snake” is another example of a crooked folk song, “disturbed” by violin raids.
Vernacular Music is another good collection of songs for intimate moments ad stealthy glances and Chorus Grant is very good in creating such an ambient. Of course, it’s difficult to single out this proposal from the tons of folk music available these times; on the other hand this new full-length offers a complexity not easy to find and, for this reason, it is one the most interesting works of this year.