With the release of Wardruna’s new album Kvitravn approaching on 22nd January, the group has shared the song “Skugge” (“Shadow”) from this anticipated release, tracing an eerie sonic journey voicing a dialogue between man and shadow.
The brooding introduction of “Skugge” recalls the subtle majesty of fan-favourite “Helvegen” as Wardruna’s idiosyncratic synthesis of hypnotic percussion and delicate vocal interplay comes to the forefront.
Each track on Kvitravn is ingrained with meaning that delves deep into the philosophical, the esoteric, the Nordic myths and how old traditions define human nature and nature itself. “Skugge” feels particularly personal for it shifts the focus inwards, and as Einar Selvik remarks; “it is a song about shadows, echoes and the balance between seeking answers and wisdom internally and externally.” The accompanying lyric video allows the listener to journey deep into Wardruna’s world and offers space for reflection and contemplation, should you submit to it…
Lyric video by Ragnarok Film:
Ole Fredrik Wannebo (producer and director)
Toni Kotka (photographer and editor)
Sverre Brandtzæg (production assistant)
The full album, Kvitravn, is set for worldwide release on January 22nd, 2021, and can be pre-ordered in various formats and bundles here:
On 22nd January, Wardruna shall also launch a luxury ethical candle in collaboration with the new company 2204, specialising in vegan, sustainable hand-poured, soy wax candles in fully recyclable packaging. Embrace the harshness of the Norwegian forest’s elements and extract a sense of reincarnation and fulfillment. A foundation of pine, cedar, and sandalwood with the interwoven essence of clove and thyme, opening with a burst of bergamot, lemon & white mint. Pre-order link here.
The JORVIK Viking Festival (the largest Viking festival in Europe) has just announced Wardruna founder Einar Selvik as their headliner for a special live-streamed event taking place as part of That JORVIK Viking Thing online festival, hosted from 15-20 February 2021 by York’s JORVIK Viking Centre.
Einar will talk about his music, demonstrate instruments and play some of his most recent music as part of the event being streamed live from Norway on Saturday 20 February 2021, 7.30 pm. Tickets for the live-streamed event can now be booked online at jorvikthing.com and jorvikvikingcentre.co.uk priced at £15.
“Wardruna perform with such conviction the effect is undeniably compelling.”-**** SONGLINES
“Immersive fifth LP take Norse history and old folk instruments (goat-horn, Kravik lyre) into new spheres across raw, deeply resonant songs. Packs a surprising emotional punch.” – *** MOJO
“Wardruna are something else…closer to the musicians across the globe who return to past traditions to bring new meaning to the contemporary.” -**** NEW INTERNATIONALIST
“Marvel at the interplay between voice and traditional percussion in Kvitravn (‘White Raven’) and Skugge (‘Shadow’) or the slow eerie creep of Kvit Hjort (‘White Stag’)…give into the music and be transported to another, otherworldly place, borne on the backs and wings of beasts, and spirited into the sky.” – PROG
“Haunting, powerful and deeply immersive, it is an unmitigated triumph and a career-high for Wardruna.” – 9/10 METAL HAMMER