Frøy Aagre has done it again, she has put together a blend of compositions that further demonstrates her skill and talent. But more than showcase her own gifts, they incorporate the talents of each of the musicians in offbeat as well as the guests.
This latest work Countryside is a collection of original compositions that uplift, carry and deliver the listener to a place that is pleasant and demands return. The integration of the cello in the first two tracks as well as track seven is an example of Aagre's command of texture in her music. The cello provides a thickness to the music that compliments the melody and the rhythms. The subtlety of the voices in these two pieces set the stage for the rest of the work.
The artist paints images of time and space using all the colors and textures on her palette. This music was so easy to listen to, so engaging. It is downright entertaining, at an emotional level, like the soundtrack to a great movie, where the story is half told without the music. This new CD tells the whole story. The moods ebb and flow and transition so smoothly you begin to anticipate the coming changes. Aagre does not alter your state abruptly but handles the listener gently with brilliant use of dynamics. Offbeat is an ensemble of very talented young musicians, and they are led by a creative and gifted leader in Frøy Aagre. I was privileged to get an advanced copy to review; I invite everyone to give it a listen.