Karin Strom

Karin Strom

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Swedish import Karin Strom has a lot more on her plate than just music. In addition to writing all the songs on her self-titled debut, the 26-year-old has written two novels, a collection of poetry and completed a degree in neuroscience.

This unique combination of interests makes for a diverse collection of songs, both instrumentally and artistically. I found the disc's five tracks unique and enjoyable, even if Strom does have a tendency to waver off-key. The infusion of instruments like the mellotron, the djembe--even a lead pipe--impart a distinctive sound to her music. Although the disc is short at a mere 17 minutes, it is clear Strom is striving for quality over quantity.

Aside from some irregularities in vocal pitch and harmony, Strom's first offering is both honest and likeable.





She makes me wish I could do something to help Swedish singers get recognition. I am Swedish by descent.