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Never before has Swedish folk music swung with such intensity. Traditional music with a modern attitude. Tremendous individual musicians taking ensemble playing to new heights. Acoustic instruments with power and emotion. This is Väsen.
- Olov Johansson, nyckelharpa
- Mikael Marin, viola
- Roger Tallroth, guitar, and sometimes
- "The absurdly broad term 'world music is rendered useless in the face of these four musicians who play with such genuine passion and glee that everything on the globe seems to disappear except their hometown fires." -David Greenberger, National Public Radio's "All Things Considered"
- "The sound may be traditional, but the attitude is completely modern, mixing up the ideas of folk, the virtuosity of prog, and the humor of the insane asylum into a cuisinart of acoustic bliss. Visualize whirled music." -Chris Nickson, Wired
- "...the band's anciently original compositions can be immensely brooding, stately, fitfully spry or dramatically expansive." - Richard Harrington, The Washington Post