Wardruna – Kvitravn [2021]

Wardruna Kvitravn Track List

Kvitravn is the fifth studio album by Norwegian band Wardruna, released on January 22, 2021 via By Norse Music for the United States and Columbia Records for the rest of the world. The highlight of the Wardruna group has always been the recreation of the cultural traditions of Northern Europe in the context of the modern world, the revival of a new life in the great heritage and wisdom of the Scandinavian peoples. During their concerts, ancient myths and legends about sages, kings of the fierce Vikings and the prophecies of the gods come to life on the stage. The inimitable vocal technique, a special poetic style and a set of traditional instruments, including the kravik-lyre, talharpa and goat's horn, transport the listener to the times of the ancient Scandinavian cult. On February 21, 2020, the first single from the new album, called Grá, was released. The song is dedicated to the wolf and tells about the ancient connection and relationship between man and this noble animal, calls to understand and recognize the value and responsibility of man to be a part of nature, and not to dominate it. Due to the worldwide announced coronavirus pandemic, which forced the closure of warehouses and production facilities, the group decided to postpone the release of the new album from June 5, 2020 to January 22, 2021. On October 16, 2020, the video of the same name for the title single of the album Kvitravn was presented. Filming took place in Norway and Russia, and the video was produced by Ragnarok Film. The song describes the traditions of animal guides, and also reveals the symbolism in the legends of sacred white animals, be it a raven, a snake, a bear, an elk, a reindeer, an elephant or a lion, found in the culture of the peoples of the North and around the world. On December 22, 2020, frontman Einar Selvik presented the song Andvevarljod, timed to coincide with the winter solstice, and performed an acoustic version of the song live from his studio in Norway.

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