Following their recent sell out, UK tour, Wardruna proudly reveal their new acoustic album Skald, released through By Norse and available online.
Skald takes the listener on a musical journey outside the massive soundscape that Wardruna is known for and into a simpler and more direct form, where voice, poetry and ancient instruments like Kravik-lyre, Taglharpa and Bukkehorn lead the way.
You can stream the album – HERE
About Skald, Einar Selvik comments: “Skald was recorded live in the studio with the intention of capturing the raw and uncompromising energy of a live performance rather than aiming for a flawless and polished expression. It sets out to give voice to the ancient craft that once lay at the heart of the Norse oral traditions, presented as it takes shape in the hands of a humble contemporary skald today.”
All formats of the album contains an extensive booklet with all lyrics translated as well as a solid introduction to the Skald and Old Norse poetry written by the acclaimed Icelandic author and Old Norse philologist Bergsveinn Birgisson. Find out more at bynorse.com.
Revisit the stunning video for Voluspa (Skaldic Version)
“This is potent, eternal music is something to hold onto into the madness of the modern times. A reaffirmation of those hypnotic themes that affect us all from the forces of natures, the power of the sea, our pagan nature past that is our true soul, the symmetry of the forest, life and death and our own cultural and emotional DNA all threaded through stunning melodies and deeply resonant songs.” – LOUDER THAN WAR
“Wardruna has long evoked Viking tales with cinematic ambiance, but Skald reaches into the core of Nordic folk music to resurrect in all their arcane glory.” – RIFF MAGAZINE