Norwegian pagan folk visionaries Gåte release their mesmerizing new album titled “Nord” today! The album is available on all streaming services, and you can listen to it here: https://orcd.co/nordgaate
“While working on Nord we had to figure out how to find strength in the small things,” vocalist Gunnhild Sundli comments. “It was a challenging task as Gåte is usually about how to make things big.”
On “Nord”, the band has really taken a step back to fully explore their musical potential and expression through a more traditional and acoustic perspective. And though there definitely is something simple and clean about Nord, the power in the courageously heartfelt, raw, and epic soundscape Gåte manages to create seems even more present and complex than ever before.
“We learned a lot writing and performing the songs on Nord. About how we work with and towards music, but also about ourselves as a band”, Gunnhild says, and continues: “Nord has mapped out the very essence of Gåte´s DNA, and it has opened up new paths and made us stronger and braver.”
MusikReviews DE defined the album as “Nordic Folk at its best” (14/15), while RockMusicRaider US described it as “one of the best folk pieces this year (…) and production with truly outstanding attention to detail”. FlyingFiddleSticks US called the album “enthralling”, while World of Metal Mag PT listed Nord as “Album of the Month” #4.
Previously, Gåte premiered the video for “Svik” at Metal Hammer UK. Watch + listen here.
“Nord” is the full-length follow up of Gåte’s critically acclaimed EP Til Nord (May 2021) and marks the conclusion of Gåte as an acoustic outfit.
Gåte had a national breakthrough in the early 2000s with their captivating performances and groundbreaking mix of traditional folk and modern rock. With an immense respect for folk music and unparalleled talent, Gåte managed to interpret and convey traditional folk songs to a whole new generation of listeners.
In 2020, the band chose to go back to their roots and dive into the vast traditional music history Norway has to offer. The result is painstakingly beautiful and emotive collection of songs delving deep into the musical past of their country, with a contemporary approach.
Proving yet again that great music and great art endures.
1. Solfager and Ormekongen
5. Talande Tunger
6. Rideboll og Gullborg
7. Sigurd og Trollbrura
9. Jomfrua Ingebjørg
Gunnhild Sundli: Vocals and violin
Magnus Børmark: Guitar, vocals, percussion
Sveinung Sundli: Hardanger fiddle, organ, vocals and percussion
Jon Even Schærer: Percussion and vocals
Melody and arrangement by Sveinung Sundli / Trad.
Lyrics: Trad / Nora Eklo
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