Ivar Bjørnson & Einar Selvik

Ivar Bjørnson & Einar Selvik

In Music by Skjalden

Ivar Bjørnson of Enslaved and Einar Selvik from Wardruna, two giants of the Nordic music scene, joined forces once again for an intriguing new musical journey. Their second joint album, “Hugsjá”, builds on the foundations of their first cooperative project, “Skuggsjá”, and takes their explorations of Norwegian history and mythology to a deeper level.

In the ancient Norse language, ‘Hugsjá’ signifies the mind’s ability to perceive beyond physical sight. This concept breathes life into their music, painting vibrant soundscapes that transport listeners back to a time when the shores of Norway whispered tales of gods and men. Each melody is meticulously crafted, intertwining traditional and modern elements to create a unique sonic experience that resonates with both indigenous and contemporary influences.

“Hugsjá” was first performed at the Bergen International Festival in 2017, as part of the Nordvegen concert series. Each concert in this series was inspired by local history and traditions, setting a tone that’s echoed in the final album. This performance marked the world premiere of “Hugsjá”, which was later recorded to become a full-length album.

Ivar Bjørnson & Einar Selvik – Hugsjá

Collaboration Creates Seiðr

The creative liberty enjoyed by Bjørnson and Selvik during the creation of “Hugsjá” was a marked departure from their prior work on “Skuggsjá”. The freedom allowed them to delve deeper into their creative minds, resulting in an album that’s not only musically rich but also filled with historical and mythological references.

Working hand in hand with an ensemble of talented musicians, linguists, archaeologists, and local historians, the duo explored forgotten myths, deities, and local traditions, shedding light on aspects of Norwegian history that have been brushed under the carpet of time.

The recording process itself was versatile and flexible, with the songs being performed in various settings, from acoustic sessions by the sea to amplified performances in concert halls. The versatility of the music is reflective of the range and depth of their inspiration, making “Hugsjá” a musical journey that’s as captivating as the stories it tells.

Both Bjørnson and Selvik agree that “Hugsjá” marks a new chapter in their individual musical journeys and the birth of a unique genre that marries the old with the new in a harmonious symphony of sounds.