Skald - Vikings Chant (LP)

Skald - Vikings Chant (LP)
Price: 21.90€
Format: LP
Label: DECCA
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SKÁLD is a unique project in music inspired by Nordic mythology. Developed over time by a group of enthusiasts, the project originated when producer-composer Christophe Voisin-Boisvinet encountered a trio of talented singers whose voices had atypical timbres. Together they decided to breathe new life into the poetry of the ancient skalds, whose ancient language – Old Norse – told stories of the Vikings and their gods. 

SKÁLD immerses the listener in a rich, evocative soundscape created using a broad palette of instruments chosen specially for the occasion. Tribal percussion, with shamanic drums of varying sizes, are used to evoke martial strength and victory. Other smaller percussion – like bones taken from animals, or deer antlers – has particularly pagan inspiration, while the musicality of stringed instruments like the lyre, the talharpa, the citole played with a bow, the jouhikko, and the nyckelharpa or keyed harp, reveals the wealth of Scandinavia's culture. As for the omnipresent song, it carries all these aspects within it at the same time. Above all SKÁLD is a vocal project, carried by three singers who are specialists in the song techniques of the skalds, singing that has come down to us by means of the rare surviving accounts of the period. Making use of the full power of their voices and extraordinary tessituras, their songs, whether guttural or lyrical – yet always profound and organic – give birth to a multitude of strong, evocative images. 

Justine Galmiche, Pierrick Valence and Mattjö Haussy all come from different worlds in music, although all share a mastery of vocal technique and perfect knowledge of Scandinavian cultures. Whether through an instrument or a language of ancient times, or for having been part of historical reconstitutions of the Viking era, each of the above has for years been demonstrating that this universe, far from being a simple fashion, is on the contrary a way of life to be practiced daily. All of this sends the listener back a thousand years, to raids led by Vikings and times when savagery rivaled with subtlety.

1. Enn átti Loki fleiri börn
2. Rún 
3. Valfreyjudrápa 
4. Níu 
5. Flúga 
6. Gleipnir 
7. Krákumál 
8. Ó Valhalla 
9. Ec man iötna 
10. Yggdrasill 
11. Ódinn 
12. Ginnunga
13. Jóga 

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