Copenhagen-based, Faroese singer songwriter Eivør is sharing the video for Into The Mist, the first track to emerge from her forthcoming new album, Slør. The release will come just ahead of Eivør’s first UK headline tour, taking in 4 dates including a sold-out show at London The Islington on June 2 2017.
Slør is, rather incredibly, Eivør’s first commercial release here in the UK. It’s one that has been over 2 years in the making- with Slør actually an English-translated re-imagining of her Faroese-sung 2015 album release of the same title. Eivør originally wrote the Faroese version of Slør – which translates as ‘veils’ or ‘blurriness’ – having returned to her childhood home in the remote Scandinavian archipelago of The Faroe Islands.
Eivør told us; “Slør is very much about my roots- I just really wanted to go home, be back in the old environment. There was something exhilarating about being back at the heart of where I came from as a person and an artist, all the while realising how many things inside me had changed.”
Fittingly, the video for Into The Mist was shot in the brutal landscape of The Faroes, with the track also sampling the sounds of crashing waves and echoes recorded within a cave on the islands, which Eivør has assimilated here with startling stabs of synths.
Whilst the lyrics are drawn from an old Nordic myth, Eivør actually wrote Into The Mist about going missing, aged just 11, atop local Faroese mountain Støðlafjall. “One day when I was about 11 year old I was walking up this mountain alone – daydreaming as usual – when the fog sneaked in and all of a sudden I was surrounded by thick fog and I could not see anything. I completely lost sense of direction, I was lost for hours.”
Working closely with her producer Tróndur Bogason, Eivør has reconciled the Faroes’ remote majesty with the thoroughly modern world of her dark, intelligent electronica; “The landscape I grew up with, it seemed so natural to turn into an electronic landscape, because it has this electric sound in it, you know. All these wild, crazy sounds- stormy, winds, and the ocean.” The fruits of the meticulous 8 month period of transcribing the album into English are borne out in spades- teeming with darkly hooky pop, you sense Slør will ensure Eivør doesn’t remain a veiled presence in these parts for much longer.
Already a well-known recording artist of over 16 years’ prolific output in her native Scandinavia, Eivør has worked across a disparate clutch of collaborative projects since releasing her debut solo album aged just 16. Besides scoring the forthcoming series of blockbusting BBC/Netflix flagship The Last Kingdom (airing here from April 2017) with Ivor Novello nominee John Lunn (Downton Abbey, Waking The Dead), Eivør’s music has also been synced on Scorsese’s Silence, alongside trailers for Game Of Thrones and Homeland. Eivør has also collaborated on the trailer soundtrack for Metal Gear Survive, and last year appeared at Los Angeles’ huge E3 gaming event, where she performed via live stream to a global audience of 50 million at the launch for Playstation’s God Of War.
New Album – Slør – out May 26 2017 through A&G Records Ltd / Absolute Label Services.
UK Tour Incl. London – The Islington – June 2 2017 SOLD OUT . Pre-order the album via iTunes and Amazon
UK Tour Dates
1 June BRISTOL The Louisiana
2 June LONDON The Islington SOLD OUT
3 June MANCHESTER The Castle Hotel
4 June GLASGOW Oran Mor