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Vévaki sign with Season Of Mist, release new song and video

Official press release:

Season of Mist is proud to announce the signing of dark neo-folk collective Vévaki. The band will release their second album, Fórnspeki, via Season of Mist in the fall of 2022. In celebration of the signing, the band is debuting a brand new single, "Jötnablót," along with a music video. The song and video can be found at this location:


Vévaki comment on the signing: "We are beyond thrilled to join the Season of Mist family. To be a part of a label that respects artistic freedom and encourages artists to be themselves is all we could ever hope for. We cannot wait to continue with our ritualistic creations, and to share our vision with the world."

Originally a solo project by singer and multi-instrumentalist Will Hunter, Vévaki is a folk band which draws from Nordic heathenism and animistic traditions. Myth, ritual and a connection with the natural world inform Vévaki's music, which is both contemporary in sound and wide-ranging in instrumentation.

Debut album Edda came in 2020 when Vévaki was a still a solo project, although Sigurboði Grétarsson and Florian Baudrain made contributions. Taking a collection of Old Norse poetry – the Poetic Edda – as its source material, Edda breaths new life into these stories through its musical journey, at once beautiful and hypnotically heady.

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Vévaki's second album, Fórnspeki, finds the band expanding upon their sound while staying true to their folk roots and traditions.  Sigurboði Grétarsson has joined Vévaki as a full-time member, as has Gísli Gunnarsson and Hrafnhildur Inga Guðjónsdóttir. The new material is, says Will, broader and more mature sounding.

"Vévaki is very much based in our modern heathen tradition," Will notes. "Sigurboði and I had been playing music for a while and we have used music as part of our personal spiritual practise. We had worked on some songs together but they were very much personal. Then we had a jam session in this cave in Iceland and afterwards we tried to record a song. I asked if Sigurboði would feature on it and he said yes, thankfully. Then I went home and used my home recording equipment to do a song which we sent to Danheim (Danish folk musician) and he put me on his online record label. And that's how Vévaki started. We did a full album from there. Sigurboði featured heavily on it, even though he wasn't in the band in any official capacity. But he did lots of drums and vocals and stuff like that."

Vévaki employ various stringed instruments and percussion throughout their music, its dynamics buoyed by the complementary vocal styles of Will, Sigurboði and Hrafnhildur and the cinematic soundscapes sculpted by Gísli Gunnarsson. This comes to the fore on Fórnspeki.

"We decided to go a bit bigger," says Will. "We started working on the second album and we brought in Gísli, and the sound has changed quite a bit, I think. It's much more mature now. In my opinion, Gísli is the glue that holds us together. He comes from a modern classical background. And Hrafnhildur was an obvious choice, to add an important female dynamic. Her voice has a healing quality to it, I think, and that's a big thing with the new album."

Ritual and spiritual practises provide a structure to Fórnspeki. "Our practice is very animistic," says Will. "But you don't have to be a super spiritual person to feel some sort of connection to nature. And we just hope that whoever is listening finds that our music brings some sort of connection for them.

Sigurboði adds, "'Fórnspeki' was composed around this concept of the ritual and of the performance. There will be a performance and ritual on stage, because that's how the songs are imagined. And some of the songs came from rituals that we've done or have spawned from the rituals. For example, the song 'Dísablót' is based around a ritual that we would do. It's got lots of chants in there that we would do and we hope that other people might be inspired. On this new album we have a lot of original lyrics. But it's both based in the myth and the practice. It's not all about the gods but also about the worship and the ritual."

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Vévaki is a fluid and resourceful project, employing traditional and contemporary instrumentation of various origins.

"We're not going for historical accuracy," points out Sigurboði. "We're not married to the idea that it has to be a Nordic instrument. We're not Vikings. We're not the Shamans, or the Priests. We are the practitioners, the regular folk making the offerings."

Adds Will, "We are trying to step away from that whole Viking thing. There are modern songs for modern beliefs. We put a lot of emphasis on that."

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rick_tocchet 86 days ago

Let me get my sword, shield and horn to drink to yee.


anonymous 86 days ago

neo-f*ck music > neo-folk music


anonymous 86 days ago

the f*cking hat and the paragraphs of bullshit i didn't read lol smurf metal


anonymous 86 days ago

"Look, having nuclear—my uncle was a great professor and scientist and engineer, Dr. John Trump at MIT; good genes, very good genes, OK, very smart, the Wharton School of Finance, very good, very smart —you know, if you're a conservative Republican, if I were a liberal, if, like, OK, if I ran as a liberal Democrat, they would say I'm one of the smartest people anywhere in the world—it's true!—but when you're a conservative Republican they try—oh, do they do a number—that's why I always start off: Went to Wharton, was a good student, went there, went there, did this, built a fortune—you know I have to give my like credentials all the time, because we're a little disadvantaged—but you look at the nuclear deal, the thing that really bothers me—it would have been so easy, and it's not as important as these lives are (nuclear is powerful; my uncle explained that to me many, many years ago). - Twice impeached, mushroom dicked, loser.


anonymous 85 days ago

^ nobody cares. Trump isn't president he isn't the cause of your bullshit life, you are. Gtfo with political bullshit we're supposed to be making fun of how the band looks


anonymous 85 days ago

'David the Gnome'-core. Next album titled 'Ride the Fox' out on Nickelodeon Records.


Serpent 85 days ago

YOU GET TO SIGN WITH SEASON OF MIST AND YOU AND YOU AND YOU! Anyone remember when Season of Mist released anything good? Me neither.


anonymous 85 days ago

Grand Declaration of War Was the last SotM record I bought- and that's been 20 years ago lol.


anonymous 85 days ago

Julius Meinl is stoked



anonymous 85 days ago

Season of Gorillas In The Mist Season Of Primatine Mist


anonymous 85 days ago

Gnomecore


turnstile 82 days ago

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