WARDRUNA’S EINAR SELVIK COMPOSES “HRAFNSMÁL – THE WORDS OF THE RAVEN” TRACK FOR ASSASSIN’S CREED® VALHALLA—OUT OF THE NORTH EP OUT TODAY (JULY 17) VIA LAKESHORE RECORDS / UBISOFT
ALSO APPEARING IN CONVERSATION WITH STEVE VON TILL (NEUROSIS, HARVESTMAN)THIS EVENING AS PART OF SUPERSONIC FESTIVAL’S SOFASONIC WEEKENDER
SELVIK GIVEN PRESTIGIOUS ‘EGIL STORBEKKE’S MUSIC PRIZE 2020’ AWARD
Lakeshore Records in partnership with Ubisoft have released today Assassin’s Creed® Valhalla—Out Of The North, a seven-track EP of original music taken from the forthcoming official soundtrack to the next instalment of the Assassin’s Creed® franchise, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. The EP features selections by the three artists contributing music for the current game set in the Dark Age of England—BAFTA Award-winning Danish composer Jesper Kyd (Assassin’s Creed, Ezio Trilogy), American composer Sarah Schachner (Assassin’s Creed Origins) and Norwegian musician Einar Selvik of Wardruna, who contributes original songs. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, will release worldwide on November 17, 2020.
“It’s a great honor for me to be welcomed into this massive Assassin’s Creed entity and long-time pillars of historical storytelling in games! I have been tasked by Ubisoft to create music that displays and builds upon authentic Norse historical musicality. Through historical instruments, their inherent tonalities, oral poetic traditions and language, I have aimed to make creations that could potentially bring the player closer to the theme and era of the game. It feels great to finally be able share the first piece of music with you all!”
For further info please visit: www.lakeshorerecords.com
Spotify Presave: http://smarturl.it/ACV-EP
Einar and Steve Von Till of Neurosis join together in conversation especially for Supersonic’s Sofasonic Festival this evening to discuss their deep connection to nature and the ancient past. Find out more here: https://supersonicfestival.com/event/einar-selvik-steve-von-till/
About Einar Selvik
Einar Selvik is a Norwegian composer, and the main musician and founder of the Norwegian musical constellation Wardruna, a project renowned for their innovative and genre-creating renditions of older Nordic traditions. By using the oldest Nordic instruments, poetry and poetic metres in a contemporary soundscape, Einar has managed to merge the scholarly with the pop-cultural, reaching audiences world-wide and stretching the limitations of musical genres. Einar has lectured about his work with historical music in Universities such as Oxford, Denver, Reykjavik, and Bergen; and his work is used to exemplify how music might have been executed in earlier times in Scandinavia by Top international scholars on Old Norse studies.
Einar and Wardruna have contributed extensively on the soundtrack and music for History Channel´s TV-series VIKINGS, where he also appeared in two episodes as a singer. The massive musical contributions to the show have exposed their music to a broad audience worldwide. Since then, they have performed sold out shows worldwide, including major festival headline appearances (Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Hellfest, Summer Breeze, Roadburn, Rock oz Arenes, Rock the Coast and many more). Wardruna has previously charted in both Germany and the UK and topped the North American Billboard World-music chart for several consecutive weeks.
Einar was recently awarded the EGIL STORBEKKEN´S MUSIC PRIZE 2020. The prize is a national honorary award that was created in memory of the Norwegian musician, composer and cultural bearer Egil Storbekken. It can be given to people who have made an extraordinary effort in various work with Norwegian folk music, and especially the older folk instruments.