Ios album review: Moskus, Salmesykkel (Hubro)

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Let's get the linguistic problems out of the way first. This moose-related piano trio from Trondheim, Norway, whose album title translates (loosely?) as "Hymn Bicycle", have a bright, playful style that combines a little groove with a lot of serious sentience.

Pianist Anja Lauvdal comes across as a real talent, with an unshowy yet structurally alert approach, heard to great effect in the catchy opening title track. Things get chewier later on.