Eivør Pálsdóttir – Trøllabundin
A resurgence and fascination has grown with the “Nordic Noir” genre- the traditional Nordic music, language and instruments.
Beautiful and haunting- this genre can extend from traditional instruments and adaptions of heroic songs designed to transport the listener into a more ancient and far flung way of life.
Eivør is one such performer.
Hailing from the Faroe Islands, her extensive contribution to both the Faroese and Icelandic as a highly diverse vocalist and musician has been recognised in numerous countries.
Primarily, her first releases were in Faroese- which brings myself to “Trøllabundin”.
“Trøllabundin” displays the use of the traditional drum, and chanting expertly - a true expression of the English translation of the song title, “Spellbound”.
From the moment Eivør commences her hauntingly beautiful vocals emphasised by the simple drum beats- the listener is transported into a melodic and captivating harmony.
Once drawn in by the melody- the tone rapidly changes into one of terrifying mysticism, assisted by Eivør’s shift into guttural chanting and rapid beats of the drum.
An almost feral mood is broken by a vocal section of stronger, harmonious notes- in listening I feel drawn away by the spell myself, with no wish to return.
A return to the guttural chanting signals a close to “Trøllabundin” and leaves the listener awestruck by the sheer technique and mastery in such a short amount of time.
I freely admit to wishing that this track was longer.
I genuinely look forward to listening to more of Eivør’s material and exploring the resurgence of “Nordic Noir” further- as it is proving to be a remarkably diverse and creative field.