Review: Metaspion’s Folktronika Schmolkfonika

Just when it seems like contemporary music could not invent any more genres or subgenres, a new blend of sounds breaks down that delusion. That is especially true of Metaspion, who is putting a Scandinavian spin on a blend of folk rock and electronic music. Metaspion released his debut album Folktronika Schmolkfonika on June 8.

Metaspion is the nom de plume of Norwegian artist Morten Richter. The genesis of his name befits the music of an artist who is trying to be introspective. The combination of the Greek word “Meta” (about itself) and the Norwegian word “spion” (spin) results in Metaspion: “to spy on oneself.”

Earlier this year, Metaspion released his first single, the aptly named “Old Rules Don’t Apply.”

Folktronika Schmolkfonika is a record that is the very definition of experimental music. The album is mostly comprised of eleven extremely up-tempo tracks that work more for the club circuit than easy listening. Much of Folktronika Schmolkfonika is accelerated electronic music with a fiddle. The album is more EDM than traditional folk, but the folk is certainly there.

The instances where the mixing of different styles results in the biggest sonic clash are “Psycho Dope” and “Tveitaaen.” The tracks quickly go from trad music to electronic music without remorse.

The lone song where the rush of Metaspion’s EDM slows a bit comes surprisingly early in Folktronika Schmolkfonika. Just two tracks in, “Not Everything Is Terrible” is the least folk-ish song on the record. It is also the least best-heavy song on the record.

Featuring guest vocals from Elfi Sverdup, “Not Everything Is Terrible” is a quieter song whose placement so early in the album creates an odd moment. The track is such a departure from the rest of Folktronika Schmolkfonika. It would have been better served through on its own EP.

Metaspion recorded all of the instruments on Folktronika Schmolkfonika. He contributed on some vocals, although that primarily fell to a quartet of guests.

Folktronika Schmolkfonika was mastered at Abbey Road.

Listen to Metaspion’s Folktronika Schmolkfonika: 

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