One of my good friends introduced me to Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas, and I was an instant fan. I listened to their album Fire and Grace first. I started listening to In the Moment a couple of weeks ago, and I love it just as much.
The thing that I like most about their music is the intricacy. The cello and the fiddle are each complementary, but still somewhat independent. Their song “Between” is a good example. This song is minor and edgy. Each instrument plays the melody some of the time, and a unique accompanying part another time. The two parts form a beautiful union of rich tones. (Warning: the cello line will get stuck in your head.)
Another great example of their lovely combination is the song “Josefin’s Waltz.” This is my favorite song by Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas. The two instruments work together beautifully, and it feels like walking on air (or waltzing on air, rather).
Their music is both interesting and pleasant to hear. It has more cohesiveness than an “experiment in sound” song like some modern jazz, but isn’t cliche. After I listen to a song like their version of St. Kilda wedding, I feel as if it’s fogged around me for the rest of the day. It fills my mind with interesting musical ideas, and I love it.