Official press release:
Season of Mist are proud to announce the signing of Norway’s Skuggsjá. The band, led by Ivar Bjørnson (Enslaved) and Einar Selvik (Wardruna), will release their debut album worldwide in early 2016.
Skuggsjá was originally conceived as a commissioned musical work written by Bjørnson and Selvik. The arrangement was performed by Enslaved and Wardruna in commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the Norwegian constitution at the 2014 edition of Norway’s Eidsivablot festival.
The growing desire to present Skuggsjá to a broader audience led Bjørnson and Selvik to headline Roadburn Festival 2015 and record a full album. Details regarding this debut release will be available soon.
Featuring a variety of Norway and Scandinavia’s oldest instruments, as well as poetry in Norse and Norwegian, Skuggsjá tells the history of Norway and its people. Skuggsjá is truly a fusion of Norway’s past and present both lyrically and musically.
Regarding the signing, Skuggsjá comment:
“When we were asked to write a joined convert piece by the Eidsivablot festival for the 200th anniversary of the Norwegian constitution, we both immediately saw the outline of something massive and important.
Our performance confirmed that this project should live on, develop and thrive. During 2015 we have performed the piece once more at the Roadburn festival, and have also discreetly slipped in and out of studios around Norway to record what is to become our debut album.
We are extremely proud of what we will present on this album. It has been quite a journey already for the two of us, but this where it really begins. We have created something that is bigger than its individual parts. Now we are excited to see what the world make out of our creation!”