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On the gorgeous new album Skogenes Sang (Grappa) the trio have delivered on that potential in a collaboration with Norwegian singer Frida Ånnevik—a new name to me, but on the basis of this effort a striking talent. The project sets the poetry of Hans Børli, who spent his life working as a lumberjack, to original melodies by Qvenild—mostly ballads marked by a dramatic sense of grandeur and a steady air of sensual languor. On four of the seven tracks the British pedal steel guitarist BJ Cole adds characteristically liquid lines that occasionally give the music an appealing country twang, but for the most part it's just Qvenild, Arntzen, and drummer Pål Hausken who shape the shimmery, glowing arrangements. Ånnevik is a true marvel here, singing the melodies with a stunning clarity, economic phrasing, and a lovely tone. There's a slight huskiness and aspirated quality to her precise delivery that tempers the sweetness of the melodies. Today's 12 O'Clock Track is "Perspektiv," a nicely representative selection from the album.