Fast rising Nordic folk outfit BYRDI have released the third single ‘Heim‘ taken from their forthcoming album “Byrjing” (“Beginning”), which is scheduled for release on March 5, 2021. Cover art, tracklist, and further album details are listed below.
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BYRDI comment: “Our song ‘Heim’ deals with finding the right balance between challenges and growth on one side, and the need for safety and restitution on the other. “The word ‘heim’ means ‘home’ in Norwegian. For us, home is where the heart lies. There, you will find peace, calm, and a place to regenerate your energy. Whenever you venture out to find challenges and potential for growth, afterwards you will come home to digest what you have learned and as a result change who you are as a person. This song is also meant as a homage to the beautiful nature of our homeland. Norway is our home and we feel a deep relationship with the land and the turn of the seasons here in the north.”
With their third full-length “Byrjing” (“Beginning”), BYRDI are taking the important step from a highly respected underground act to an established force within the realm of Nordic folk. The Norwegians have recorded this album with the participation of various guest musicians including percussionist Kjell Braaten, who has performed live with WARDRUNA among other bands, and Mathias Gyllengahm (UTMARKEN, NORRSINNT) on nyckelharpa (keyed fiddle). “Byrjing” shows BYRDI in an almost intimate way and while their music may easily be labelled as “Nordic folk”, the Norwegians foremost sound like themselves.
BYRDI were founded in the ancient town of Hov in Eastern Norway by Nash Rothanburg and Jørn Øyhus in the year 2012. Their debut album “Eventyr” was released in 2014 and has been described as a “wild and strange ritual”. Two years later, the Norwegians had been joined by singer and songwriter Andreas Paulsen and started to work on their sophomore full-length. For the recording of “Ansur:Urkraft” (2017), the band used various locations in the mountains and woods of Eastern Norway.
“Ansur:Urkraft” created a buzz in the Nordic folk scene and earned the band (among others shows) two invitations to perform at the prestigious Midgardsblot Festival in Borre, Norway among the grave mounds of chieftains from the Viking age and even earlier periods. The fast rise of BYRDI is underlined by more than a million streams of their single “Solsnu”, which was aptly first released on the day of winter solstice in 2018.
Having been joined by harpist Gulia Wyrd-Svartskog, BYRDI are now ready to spread their music and words to an even greater audience with “Byrjing”.
Line-upNash Rothanburg – vocals, jaw harp, never-lur
Andreas Paulsen – vocals, guitar
Giulia Wyrd-Svartskog – harp
Kjell Braaten – percussions, drums
Mathias Gyllengahm – keyed fiddle
Trygve Ramnefell – flutes, vocals
Mattis Løvbrøtte Elvestuen – mellotron
Bergegerda Mannskor – choir
Mix & Mastering by Mattis Løvbrøtte Elvestuen
Cover Artwork by Christian Voss
Layout by Dan Capp