How about some excellent news for your Friday morning? Prepare to be excited – because Glittertind have just released a brand new song Høyr min song (Til Fridomen) from their upcoming album Blåne for blåne!!! Check it out on Spotify here.
Blåne for blåne (eng. Blue Distance) is their second album as a full band and sees Glittertind continuing their journey in historical moods. Where their debut album as a full band in 2013, Djevelsvart (eng. Devil Black), explored the religious loss of meaning after Darwin, and the transition to modernity during the 19th century, Blåne for blåne is inspired by 1945 when peace came 70 years ago. The war showed man from its most destructive and ruthless sides. But with these dark forces a strong counter-force emerged and values like freedom, social justice, tolerance and solidarity became more apparent for people than ever. These forces contributed to the rebuilding of Europe and gave birth to its welfare states. The ability the war-generation had to create new meaning after traumas and loss of meaning has inspired the work with Blåne for blåne.
This ability also resonated with personal processes in text-writer and front-figure Torbjørn Sandvik. Where the predecessor Djevelsvart was dominated by anxiety and darkness and an overwhelming fear of loosing the one you love because of sickness, Blåne for blåne revolves around dreams of creating a new and more vital life together – to find a path from storm and darkness to calm seas. The album has also songs that remind us that a loved generation and their culture are disappearing these days. The song Enno nær (Still Close) is dedicated to Torbjørn’s grandmother and to the fishermen’s wifes who earlier were the “glue” in the Norwegian coastal society. The song Draumen (The Dream) is describing a meeting between Torbjørn and Per Sivles poem Vår-von (Spring Hope, from the 19th century).
To support the lyrical moods the band has revitalized their musical expression from the dark and heavy predecessor, Djevelsvart. Blåne for blåne is given a lighter, acoustic expression and the anglo-american cultural influences after 1945 on Norway are represented in the compositions. The band plays around with different instruments and elements from Nordic folk-tunes, a classic-Romantic tradition and anglo-american indie-folkrock.
The single Høyr min song (Til Fridomen) is out January 9th 2015 and available from these locations:
Blåne for blåne is out on April 27th and the tracklist runs as follows:
1: Ukjend land (Unknown Land)
2: Høyr min song (Til Fridomen) (Hear My Song (To Freedom))
3: Soria Moria
4: Enno nær (Still Close)
5: Draumen (The Dream)
6: Blåne for blåne (Blue Distance)
7: Når knoppar brest (When Buds Burst)
8: Vedunder (Wonder)
9: Fnugg av snjo (Flake of Snow)
10: Bøn (Prayer)
Produced by Geirmund Simonsen
Recorded at Propeller Music Division by Hans Andreas Horntveth Jahnsen
Mixed by Mike Hartung at Propeller Music Division
Mastered by Chris Sansom at Propeller Mastering
Design: Martin Nesheim / Thomas Larsen Røed
Photo: Thomas Larsen Røed