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Stian Carstensen: Farmers Market

When you’re in the mood for a bit of culture mash, check this one out: It’s your basic Norwegian-cum-Bulgarian synthesis. Strange as it sounds, the album validates its own blend of influences with winks of humor. The band is built around the abidingly eclectic interests of multi-instrumentalist Stian Carstensen, who has Eastern European roots. He plays a mean accordion, as well as guitar, whose distorted electric textures complement the earthier sounds in the group-bagpipe, kaval (Bulgarian flute), violin and banjo.

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