Ivar Bjørnson (Enslaved) and Einar Selvik (Wardruna) have announced a new 2-track EP titled ‘Hardanger’ which is set for release on 5 November (By Norse). On the same date the duo will also reissue their 2016 album Skuggsjá on CD and vinyl.
One of the places that made the strongest impression on Bjørnson & Selvik during the initial research and following performances that created their second collaborative piece Hugsjá was the area of Hardanger, a few hours from their base in Bergen, Norway. Hardanger is mysterious, pure and able to blow the minds of even the most experienced hikers and nature dwellers. It is also assumed to be the area in the Germanic tribe of the Harudes settled in ancient times, becoming the first Western Norwegians.
The title track celebrates the history of this land being populated from both the Harudes and other peoples migrating, meeting and melting together – thus creating what we now know as Norway. It is a percussion-heavy track, with ores of both traditional and exotic melody lines crossing and moving steadily through the sonic landscape of Ivar Bjørnson and Einar Selvik. The song features guest appearances by Lindy-Fay Hella (Wardruna, Lindy-Fay Hella & Dei Farne), Grutle Kjellson and Iver Sandøy (the latter two both from Enslaved).
The other song on the EP is ‘Heim til Yggdrasil’, a re-imagination of Enslaved’s much loved song ‘Return to Yggdrasill’ – selected by Einar Selvik for the Hugsjá live-tour. The song fitted so well into the IB & ES tapestry that they eventually decided to invite the entire live band (Silje Solberg on Hardanger fiddle, Iver Sandøy on drums/ vocals and Håkon Vinje on piano/ vocals) to record it with them for this release.
To complete the circle, the remaining two Enslaved-members joined in; Ice Dale joined on acoustic guitar while Grutle Kjellson added his signature spoken word-voice to Einar’s passionate vocals. The result is much more than a mere cover; it is a new piece that needs to be experienced!
Set for release on November 5 Hardanger will be available as:
- Black and Grey 12” vinyl with etched B-side
- Limited White and Green 12” vinyl with etched B-side – Online stores exclusive
You can pre-order here.