Back On Black
Wardruna - Runaljod: Yggdrasil 2LP
Released by Back on Black, description from the CD label (Indie Recordings): With the use of the oldest of Nordic instruments and poetic metres, as well as lyrics written in Norwegian, Old Norse and Proto-Norse tongue, Wardruna has released the two first albums in the Runaljod trilogy; gap var Ginnunga and Yggdrasil. With the latest release Yggdrasil, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Einar Kvitrafn Selvik has together with vocalists Kristian Espedal (aka Gaahl) and Lindy-Fay Hella, managed to make strikingly beautiful and intense continuation of what started with their first album, but without falling into the trap of merely repeating themselves. Yggdrasil is also graced with guest appearances by renowned Icelandic composer Hilmar ÌÐrn Hilmarsson and Iceland's leading rÌ_mur singer SteindÌ_r Andersen. The ongoing ‰Û÷Runaljod' trilogy is a musical rendition of the 24 runes in what is often referred to as the elder futhark. Some of the recordings are done outdoors in places or under circumstances of significance to each rune. Wardruna primarily use old and historical instruments such as primitive deer-hide frame drums, Kraviklyra, tagelharpe, mouth harp, goat horn, lur and more. Non-traditional instruments and other sources of sound like trees, rocks, water and torches are also used. All of these elements are carefully woven into a rich musical landscape and complemented with whispering voices, melodic song and mighty choirs. Although Wardruna's music share characteristics with music typically labeled as folk, world and/or ambient, none of these genres can really describe their unique style. It truly must be experienced.