Kvitravn is Wardruna’s fifth full-length release, and the album title translates into English as ‘white raven’, a creature with which Einar feels a special connection and considers to be his ‘artist name’. He approaches everything that Wardruna does with uncompromising accuracy and dedication – whether he’s making ancient instruments from hides and bones, or spending days in the wilderness to prepare for songwriting – and with a scholarly level of detail. As a result, there is much to explore thematically on Kvitravn, from the lyrics that are rooted in oral storytelling to the historical and mythological references throughout, like album closer Andvevarljod’s plea to the Norns, the female deities of Norse mythology who govern fate. But you don’t need to be a scholar or even a Norwegian speaker to experience the emotive power of Wardruna – all that authenticity just transfers into the music to make it more magical.
Release date: 22 January 2021.
Available in CD format now at The Viking / Jelling Dragon!
11 track CD from the world famous Wardruna:
About the new album, Wardruna founder Einar Selvik reveals, "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"; He continues, "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”.