Members Of ENSLAVED & WARDRUNA Team Up For HUGSJÁ
Ivar Bjørnson (Enslaved) and Einar Selvik (Wardruna) previously teamed up for the project Skuggsjá in 2014. Now the duo is back together for a new project called Hugsjá, who will release their debut album on April 20 via Enslaved's label By Norse. The word means "to see with, or within, the mind."
The album titled Hugsjá was originally commissioned by and performed at the Bergen International Festival in 2017 as part of a series of concerts named Nordvegen. The piece was performed at Grieghallen and was recorded for release.
Here's what the duo had to say about the album below.
"Where our previous joint endeavor, Skuggsjá, had a very specific idea and format when it was commissioned, I feel we had much more room on Hugsjá to freely explore as well as to apply our experience into the creative process and planning. It has truly been an enriching process where we have been working alongside great musicians, language experts, archaeologists and local experts seeking to unfold and shed light on relevant, yet near-forgotten, deities and myths as well as local history and traditions."
Stream the title track below and grab yourselves a pre-order.