Norway’s SKUGGSJÁ, the new band led by Ivar Bjørnson (ENSLAVED) and Vikings’ (The History Channel) score composer Einar Selvik (WARDRUNA), have seen their new album debut on Billboard’s World Albums chart in the Top Ten.
The album, heralded as a “tasteful new project that reaches far beyond the realms of metal” (PopMatters) is streaming now, here.
Additionally, SKUGGJSA’s Einar Selvik was featured on last week’s episode of Vikings (THE HISTORY CHANNEL). Einar can be seen singing the Viking long-ships off to war in season 4, episode #6 “What Might Have Been” here (fast forward to 12:30 for the performance scene)
‘A Piece for Mind & Mirror’ is available across various CD and LP formats here. SKUGGSJÁ are also streaming a video for their eponymous track from the new album. The video for “Skuggsja” is streaming now at The Heathen Harvest Periodical.
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