The Finnish-Swedish band modestly introduces itself with "We make contemporary Nordic folk music". and that sums up Nine Worlds exactly. Without fuss and playfully, Alda present a Nordic folk album that is all too easy to overlook at first. That would be a mistake, because the trio's careful, almost chamber music-like playing requires attentive listening. With piano, soprano saxophone and five-string violin, the two musicians and one female musician play reduced to the essentials. The jazz elements found in most of the arrangements, the many small embellishments and special features make the album an absolute lover's disc. This spirit can also be felt in the production. No exaggerated limiter, the compression is kept within limits, but the ears get a clean, crystal-clear sound, which unfolds its special charm especially on music systems of higher quality. Alda do not reinvent Nordic Folk, but the Finns create a feeling of well-being all around with their rock-solid recording.