Nytt Land – Fimbulvinter

Rating: 4/5
Distributor/Label: Cold Spring Records
Released: 2021
Buy Album: Here
Band Website: Facebook

NYTT LAND

Band Line up:

Anatoly Pahalenko (taglharpa, vocal, flute, guitar, programming samples)
Natalya Pahalenko (vocal, lyra, keyboards, frame-drum, flutes)

Tracklisting:

1. Dauði Balder (Völuspá, 31-35)
2. Gullinkambi (Völuspá, 42-44)
3. Ár Var Alda (Helgakviða Hundingsbana I, 1-4)
4. Fimbulvinter
5. Gjallarhorni (Völuspá, 46-48)
6. Fenris Kinder (Völuspá, 40-41)
7. Hittusk Æsir (Völuspá, 7-10)
8. Sal Sér Hon Standa (Völuspá, 64-66)
9. Surtr Ferr Sunnan (Völuspá, 52,57)
10. Bróðurbana Sínum (Hávamál, 89-91)
11. The Last War
12. Winter Day

Review

It is no news that in recent years the once “niche” shamanic and Viking inspired music has gained more and more importance, overcoming more than just geographical borders. People across the globe have fallen in love with Wardruna’s songs and Heilung rituals: somewhere in between Einar Selvik’s band and Heilung, there is NYTT LAND, an astonishing Nordic folk ambient project that takes inspiration mostly from the Poetic Edda.

This second edition of  ‘Fimbulvinter’ comes after 4 years from the first print, quickly sold out in January 2017. 

Sung in Old Icelandic and performed with traditional handcrafted instruments, NYTT LAND’s music is an immersive experience. “Fimbulvinter” sees human voices and nature’s one weaving together the story of human creation and destruction, the occurrences of the forces of chaos and tales of chthonic monsters.

NYTT LAND

A complex album, yet worthy, in which the solid throat singing is combined with the clear vocals of Natalya Pahalenko: her vocal performance is excellent. Lindy-Fay Hella comes to mind, but Natalya’s variations are her own: the identity of NYTT LAND is unique, inextricably connected to the Siberian landscape and traditions.

There are 12 tracks, including two bonus ones that take the listener on a journey to freezing lands, where you can still hear the voices of eagles, crows and wolves. A pleasant surprise is represented by the clean vocals of Anatoly Pahalenko in the seventh track, “Hittusk æsir”: their ancestral simplicity enhances the depth of the sound and the atmosphere itself.

“Fimbulvinter” is an excellent album that needs to be approached in its totality: from the first song where the tone is set by the sound of the wind and the repetitive ritual chanting to the last track that evokes a snowy quiet world after the last battle.

NYTT LAND’s unique voice deserves to be heard, and I wish the band all the best as they truly deserve it.

Review by Andrea Di Stasio

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