Fantastic album, really pushes the genre and demonstrates a unique collection of sounds and styles. The vocal work in this album is on point as you come to expect from the wardruna frontman and Bjornson is a new found favorite of mine.
The Norse ancestors rise up when this music plays - every time I have heard Einar perform live, profound spirits of the past are awakened in my ancestral memory, resplendent in their grief, toil, hope and joy...
Favorite track: Um Heilage Fjell.
After the success of their previous collaboration "Skuggsjá"; Ivar Bjørnson (Enslaved) and Einar Selvik (Wardruna) are now following up with an imposing new piece entitled "Hugsjá". The word 'Hugsjá' means to see with, or within, the mind - and it reflects the idea that one's mind has the potential to see further than the eyes can reach. By weaving together indigenous and contemporary thoughts, sounds and instruments, they are inviting you on a vivid journey - exploring the distant history and traditions along coastal Norway.
Hugsjá was first commissioned by, and performed at, Bergen International Festival in 2017, as part a series of concerts named Nordvegen ("the northern road"); inspired by local history and traditions in each of the places visited. Ultimately the material was recorded and became this full-length album.
"Hugsjá" will also be available as:
- Blue colored 2LP Gatefold - Limited to 250 copies, webstores exclusive
- Silver colored 2LP Gatefold - Limited to 250 copies, webstores exclusive
- White colored 2LP Gatefold - Limited to 500 copies worldwide
- Black 2LP Gatefold
- CD Digipack
Einar Selvik: Lead vocals, Kravik-lyre, Taglharpa, goat-horn, Bronze-lure, flute and percussion.
Ivar Bjørnson: Guitars and electronics.
Silje Solberg: Hardanger-fiddle and backing vocals.
Iver Sandøy: Drums, percussion and backing vocals.
Håkon Vinje: Backing vocals.
The songs 'Ni Mødre av Sol' and 'Um Heilage Fjell' feature a mixed choir under management of Stine Kobbeltvedt with the voices of Anna Lisa Lekven, Laila Moberg, Marianne Evensen Østrem, Lisa Nøttseter, Lise Renee Aase, Kristine Bjånesøy Tikkanen, Linda Nytræ, Leif Østrem, Brede Lærum, Jan Helge Kordts, Jan-Ove Hansen, Richard Myhre Gåssand and Stine Kobbeltvedt.
Heilung might be my favourite band of all time by now. I own all their albums in their physical versions, so there was no logical reason for me to buy this again here. I bought it anyway, without hesitating a second, just to throw my money at these grand musicians. There is nothing about Futha - or Heilung in general - that I do not adore deeply. Truly the gift that keeps on giving. This is the perfect soundtrack for meditating, finding inner peace and reconnecting with one's soul.
ᚺᚨᛁᛚ ᚺᛖᛁᛚᚢᛜ! David Fischer