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Lysb​æ​rer

by Nanna Barslev

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Nickie Harte Kelly Almost unworldly gorgeous vocals and dark ambient undertones permeate this captivating release. Using traditional instruments such as hurdy gurdy, harp, moraharpa, tagelharpa, Breeiflute, electronic drones and sometimes heavy percussive elements, the exquisite vocalist soars throughout. The Danish multi-instrumentalist creates sonic perfection here, highly recommended for fans of Nordic, Dark Folk and World music. Favourite Track: Skjoldmø Favorite track: Skjoldmø.
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Skjoldmø 06:57
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Runebundet 04:28
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Mod vrede 05:41
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Askr 06:01
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Lysbærer 05:09
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Rhimfaxe 03:45
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Jagtmarker 07:05
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Sunna Sol 04:04
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Sten 03:06

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Debut solo album of the renown Nordic Folk artist and composer Nanna Barslev, out March 18th 2022 via By Norse Music!

In “Lysbærer”, Nanna invites you into a hidden world between dark and light in nature and human nature, from misty underworld roots to ancient mountain calls, from scenic battle fields to meditative healing spells, with protection spells and words from the Edda.

The album title “Lysbærer”, which translates to “Carrier of light” is a reference to the celebration of the Sun and the Moon, lighting up the dark and changing seasons. The circle of life and death connecting with nature and the nature in us humans. The dark and light theme is the main essence of the vision in this album and follows up with the theme of chaos and cosmos from Nanna’s previous single “Skelfr Yggdrasil” released in 2019.

Interpretation of Nordic folklore and mythology themes are one of Nanna’s signatures, expressed through her mesmerising and fascinating voice, that ranges from experimental old Nordic singing techniques to underworld growling and whispering.

”Lysbærer” was produced by Fieke van den Hurk (Eivør, TVINNA) in Dearworldstudio, the Netherlands. Together for “Lysbærer”, Fieke and Nanna have found a sound that reflects the heritage of Nanna’s previous projects, bringing together momentums ranging from Metal, distorted Folktronica, crispy sounds and heavy beats. The album was mastered by Iver Sandøy (Enslaved, Ivar Bjørnson & Einar Selvik)

The album features guest appearances by the Dutch musician Lies Sommer (Ball noir) on the hurdy gurdy and harp.

"Lysbærer" is available for pre-order on CD Digipack and vinyl editions in the By Norse Music stores:

EU: bynorsestore.com
US: bynorsestore.net

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released March 18, 2022

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Nanna Barslev Denmark

Nanna Barslev is a renown Dark Nordic Folk, Neofolk, Viking music artist and composer from Denmark, rooting in the Nordic Atmospheric/Dark Folk genre since the early 90’s.

Nanna performs not only as a mesmerising singer with experimental and old Nordic song techniques, she also appears as an instrumentalist on various traditional Nordic instruments.
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