Swedish folk rock pioneers Garmarna have announced the details of their upcoming record ‘Förbundet’. The record is slated for worldwide release via Season of Mist on November 6. The cover artwork and tracklist can be found below.
Garmarna comment: “It’s our absolute pleasure to finally present our upcoming album, ”Förbundet”.
Recorded and produced by Stefan Brisland-Ferner and co-produced and mixed by Christopher Juul, the new album is a dark, confident, coherent and hard hitting folk-album that we are extremely proud of. It was made possible with the generous contribution of our Kickstarter backers and it’s been painful not being able to share the result until now.
Throughout the years, we have tried to push the envelope what traditional Scandinavian story telling could mean musically. On the new album, it’s going full circle. Establishing an inspirational working relationship with Christopher Juul (Heilung, Euzen, Valravn) and releasing the new album on Season of Mist, we are starting fresh on new ground. Fully embracing our past we use everything we learned along the way, carving ourselves a new niche for the future.
Artwork artist is Axel Torvenius, a Swedish sculptor, illustrator and designer. A mutual admiration led to talks about a collaboration even before we thought of the new album. In finding out what the album was going to be like, it felt natural to bring Axel’s dark, beautiful and decadent take on folk lore and pagan imagery to the table.
Axel: “To be able to work with Garmarna and contribute with visual art for this coming release has been an absolute privilege and pure bliss. As a long time fan of Garmarna I have always been fascinated by their rich and deep soundscapes, which is connecting the folklore tradition with more modern tunes, still using traditional Scandinavian instruments, is creating a mesmerizing mix of dark, joyful music. Pure magic. In the illustrations I have been trying to capture some of this darkness and some of this modern folk I hear when I listen to them. This new album is def one of their strongest yet ( I have been listening to them since 1994) and as a fan I can assure no-one will be disappointed.”
We can’t wait to bring ”Förbundet” to the world. Thanks for your patience and support!”
Tracklist: 1. Ramunder (04:58) 2. Två Systrar (05:53) 3. Dagen Flyr (03:51) 4. Sven i Rosengård (05:24) 5. Ur världen att gå (04:52) 6. Vägskäl (04:56) 7. Lussi Lilla (04:35) 8. Avskedet (05:27) 9. Din Grav (01:56) // Total: 0:41:52
More than 25 years in the making, Garmarna is continuing to invent what music rooted in the Scandinavian tradition is about. After 15 years of silence the band’s sixth album – ”6” – was released early 2016, moving them further into previously unexplored territory. Not that they have backed away from excursions previously, as perhaps most obvious on ”Hildegard von Bingen” (2001), but ”6” focused more on Garmarna’s own abilities – as well as several cooperations with other Swedish major artists (Maxida Märak, Thåström, Annika Norlin).
The lineup hasn’t changed over the years, the core of the music is still the same and their persistence hasn’t only won them a Swedish Grammy, a cover on Billboard Magazine and taken them on countless tours over most parts of the world; it has proven a beloved recipe for anyone with a deep love of music, no matter what genre.
Garmarna Line-up: Emma Härdelin: Vocals, violin / Stefan Brisland-Ferner: Violin, viola, hurdy gurdy, tagelharpa, electronics, backing vocals / Jens Höglin: Drums, electronics / Rickard Westman: Guitar, bass / Gotte Ringqvist: Guitar, violin, tagelharpa, backing vocals
Recording studio: DNA Studios Stockholm, Studio NEVO Sundsvall, Studio Cobra, Stockholm
Producer: Stefan Brisland-Ferner // Executive producer: Christopher Juul
Engineer: Stefan Brisland-Ferner (DNA Studios), Henrik Heinrich (Studio NEVO), Christian Gabel (Studio Cobra)
Mixing and mastering: Christopher Juul, Lava Studios
Recording line-up: Emma Härdelin: Vocals, violin / Stefan Brisland-Ferner: Violin, Viola, Hurdy gurdy, Keyboards, Nordic bowed lyre, Kantele, Moraharpa, Mouth harp, Electronics, Electric guitar, Mandolin, Backing vocals / Gotte Ringqvist: Acoustic guitar, Hardanger fiddle, backing vocals / Rickard Westman: Electric guitar, Electric bass / Jens Höglin: Drums, Percussion, Electronics
Guest musicians: Maria Franz (HEILUNG): Vocals on “Två Systrar / Anders Norudde: Moraharpa on “Ramunder” / Ulf Gruvberg: Vocals on “Lussi Lilla”