WARDRUNA Unveil New Single and Video “Grá”!
The first glimpse of “Kvitravn”, the forthcoming album from WARDRUNA, is revealed today by way of a starkly beautiful video for “Grá”, honouring the ancient bond and relationship between man and wolf.
“Grá (Grey) is our song to the wolf. It seeks to address and acknowledge the cost and responsibility of being part of, and not above nature.” – Einar Selvik
Einar continues, “Once again, we were given the opportunity to go to Finland and work with a beautiful and brave rescued wolf called Tihu and her caretakers. The video was directed by our friend Tuukka Koski and his fantastic team at Koski Syväri.”
The masterful Norwegian storytellers shall release their brand new album “Kvitravn” on 5th June via Sony Music/Music For Nations/Columbia Germany/By Norse Music.
Following an intensive period in the studio, “Kvitravn” musically continues where the “Runaljod“ trilogy left off, yet it marks a distinct evolution in WARDRUNA‘s unique sound. In a rich musical tapestry, WARDRUNA use a broad selection of both traditional and historical instruments such as Kravik-lyre, Trossingen-lyre, Taglharpa, Sootharp, Langeleik, Crwth, Goat- horn, Lur, Bronze-lur, flute, Moraharpa, and the record also features guest appearances by a small group of prominent traditional singers, spearheaded by Kirsten Bråten Berg, one of the most important custodians of Norwegian traditional song. Throughout eleven songs, “Kvitravn” discusses Northern sorcery, spirit-animals, shadows, nature and animism, the wisdom and meanings of certain myths, various Norse spiritual concepts, and the relation between sage and songs.
Einar comments the album: “To recite and copy the past is not very difficult, but to understand and integrate ancient thoughts, tools and methods with real purpose into a creation that is relevant to the modern era is truly challenging and remains our prime goal in our work. Although the album carries a variant of my own totemic artist name, it has, in this context, little to do with me but rather refers to the symbolism and legends of sacred white animals found in Nordic and other cultures all over the world. These highly-regarded ghostly creatures, whether a raven, snake, bear, moose, reindeer, elephant or lion – are in animist traditions seen as prophetic, divine messengers, and guardians representing renewal, purity and a bridge between worlds”.
You can now pre-order the album in various formats and bundles as well as a limited album/signed-ticket bundle to their only mainland European (Germany) show during the week of release. For further information on pre-sale and all the upcoming concerts visit the following links:
US-based store, please visit: wardruna.aisamerch.com