Norway’s SKUGGSJÁ, the new band led by Ivar Bjørnson (ENSLAVED) and Einar Selvik (WARDRUNA), are streaming a second track from their forthcoming album, ‘A Piece for Mind & Mirror’. The track, titled “Kvervandi” is streaming now at Revolver Magazine.
Regarding “Kvervandi”, Einar “Kvitrafn” Selvik (WARDRUNA) comments: “The word ‘Kvervandi’ means ‘turning’ or ‘whirling’ and is lyric-wise rather playfully displaying the various cycles of nature and of life from a Norse perspective. The song itself is heavy, slow moving, emotional and uncompromising just like the turning wheels of nature.”
‘A Piece for Mind & Mirror’ will be released by Season of Mist worldwide on March 11. Pre-orders are available here. SKUGGSJÁ are streaming the first new track off ‘A Piece for Mind & Mirror’, titled “Vitkispá” here.
The album artwork and track list for ‘A Piece for Mind & Mirror’ can be found below:
1. Ull Kjem
3. Makta Og Vanæra (I All Tid)
4. Tore Hund
5. Rop Frå Røynda – Mælt Frå Minne
9. Bøn Om Ending – Bøn Om Byrjing
10. Ull Gjekk
SKUGGSJÁ was originally conceived as a commissioned musical work written by Bjørnson and Selvik. The arrangement was performed by ENSLAVED and WARDRUNA in commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the Norwegian constitution at the 2014 edition of Norway’s Eidsivablot festival.
The growing desire to present SKUGGSJÁ to a broader audience led Bjørnson and Selvik to headline Roadburn Festival 2015 and record a full album. Details regarding this debut release will be available soon.
Featuring a variety of Norway and Scandinavia’s oldest instruments, as well as poetry in Norse and Norwegian, SKUGGSJÁ tells the history of Norway and it’s people. SKUGGSJÁ is truly a fusion of Norway’s past and present both lyrically and musically.
SKUGGSJÁ’s official line-up is:
Ivar Bjørnson (ENSLAVED): vocals, guitars, bass, keyboards
Einar Selvik (WARDRUNA): vocals, taglharpa, Kravik-lyre, goat-horn, birch-bark lure, bone-flute, percussion, electronics
The album also features contributions from the following musicians:
Grutle Kjellson (ENSLAVED): vocals
Lindy-Fay Hella (WARDRUNA): vocals
Eilif Gundersen: birch bark lure
Olav L. Mjelva: Harding fiddle
Cato Bekkevold (ENSLAVED): drums