Garmarna reveal new album details, premiere first single

Swedish folk rock pioneers Garmarna will be releasing their highly-anticipated seventh studio album, ‘Förbundet,’ on November 6 via Season of Mist, making it the band’s debut to the label. The band has premiered the first new single, “Ramunder,” which can be heard below.

The visionary folk sounds of Sweden’s Garmarna marry the past to the present on their captivating new album ‘Förbundet.’ ‘Förbundet’ (Swedish for connected) is an especially apt title as their songs, inspired by traditional Swedish folk music and Scandinavian ballads, are played by acoustic instruments but accented by a flourish of modern electronics (beats, loops and samples). The album, led by Emma Härdelin’s spellbinding vocals and aided by the rich production of Christopher Juul (HEILUNG), see the Grammis (Swedish Grammy) winning group operating at the heights of their powers. Garmarna has persevered for nigh on four decades now, and ‘Förbundet’ further secures their legacy as one of the worldwide leaders of traditional Scandinavian folk music.

Pre-sales for ‘Förbundet’ are now live in the Season of Mist shop HERE.

Garmarna comments: “We have always gravitated towards gruesome and horrid tales. And in that regard ‘Ramunder’ easily takes the crown. The song tells the tale of a fierce warrior that ravages his enemies for (it seems) the sheer joy of it. This is of course reflected in the music with it’s relentless savage stomp, distorted basses and barb wired mora harps. The track contains a guest appearance by Anders Norudde from the groundbreaking Swedish folk band Hedningarna, that was an early inspiration during our formative years. We´re very happy to present this knuckle sandwich of a song as a first teaser of our forthcoming album Förbundet, to be released on November 6.



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

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”

Press release courtesy of Season of Mist

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