Monday, Nov 08 2004 | 12:35

Just when you feel you could almost catch your death in the frozen wastes of the current music scene, a saviour pads into view. Husky Rescue are here, carrying the revivifying (and intoxicating) liquor of musical invention and pure, untainted melodicism in their capacious sleigh. As clear as icewater, as dazzling as the Aurora Borealis, as jolting as a splash in the face from a Finnish lake; the music of Husky Rescue is more than capable of refreshing even the most jaded palate and warming the cockles of those left cold by lesser talents.

Finnish multi-instrumentalist and all-round musical magus Marko Nyberg leads the charge. His delicate, country-folksy yet contemporary music is surely the work of an artist touched by the chilly majesty of his homeland, and much more besides. He speaks of his influences as being “the magical moment” and mood in movies. David Lynch, Lars von Trier. Wim Wenders, Lukas Moodysson, Russ Meyer, Scandinavian architecture, Erik Satie, the airy lushness of French impressionism and Philip Glass. The sound of Arvo Part, warm and honest country music and a lot of other things in pop culture (such as) graphic design and photography.

Unlike many artists who cite such wide-ranging influences, you really can detect them in Nyberg’s music. Each song of the new album “Country Falls” on Catskills is a self-contained mini-movie aiming for its own unique emotional impact. And there is plenty of contrast in the Husky soundworld; something they reflect in the following Album Top 10:

01. Shuggie Otis – Inspiration Information (Luaka Bop)
02. Sia – Colour The Small One (Systematic)
03. Gustavo Santaolalla – 21 Grams OST (Vare Sarabande)
04. Susanna And The Magical Orchestra – List Of Lights And Buoys (Rune Grammofon)
05. Bob Log III – Log Bomb (Fat Possum)
06. José Gonzalez – Remain EP (-)
07. Magnet – On Your Side (Import)
08. Tony Joe White – Homemade Icecream (Warner)
09. Kings Of Convienence – Riot On Empty Street (Astralwerks)
10. RJD2 – Since We Last Spoke (Def Jux)

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