Eivør

Dark Art Pop - Faroe Islands

Eivør Band

Eivør calls her Nordic home in the remote Faroe Islands a landscape of extremes. Sitting in the North Atlantic Ocean just above Scotland and southeast of Iceland, with a total population of about 50,000, the climate is “full of contrasts—very dark, heavy winters and bright summers.” Growing up in a small village there, of about 400 people, it’s those contrasts that have inspired Eivør’s music throughout her career, as well as the Faroe Islands’ intense and still-vibrant connection to its own folk music traditions. “A very strong part of Faroese culture is singing together—anywhere people gather, there will be singing,” Eivør explains. “When you listen to old Faroese traditional music, it’s sung acapella and takes you back to its Renaissance roots. It’s pure, expressive, and untamed.”

Often considered to be one of the most prolific and unique Nordic artists of her generation, Eivør has released 11 studio albums to date, crossing musical genres and always pushing the bounds of the expected. Awarded with the Nordic Council Music Price in 2021, Eivør’s musical journey continues to fascinate.

As a young teenager, Eivør was immersed in the tight-knit local music scene, playing with 20-something musicians in jazz bands as well as rock bands influenced by Portishead, Radiohead, Massive Attack, Sigur Rós and similar acts.

By 16, Eivør released her debut solo collection of Faroese-sung folk-pop. One year later, she left home to study classical singing in Reykjavík, Iceland—soon winning two Icelandic Music Awards for her sophomore album. She spent the ensuing years living in Copenhagen and building a career playing folk festivals, but by 2010, Eivør was ready for a change. Her daring Larva album eschewed the folksiness of her previous work for experimentation and electronics. “I needed to free myself from boxes,” she said. It was the beginning of a new chapter that continues with her richly atmospheric new album, ENN.

The process of ENN built on Eivør’s recent immersion into production and beat-making​,​ but began with a return to classical music. She and her partner, the classical composer Tróndur Bogason, had decamped to a tiny Faroe Islands mountain village of 50 people, called Tjørnuvík with no agenda but to “write freely” for a possible side project. “Slowly I realized: I shouldn’t think about this as a side project,” Eivør said. “This is where I am at right now creatively.” The first track they worked on there became ENN’s melancholic closer, “Gaia,” which Eivør calls “a love hymn for the Earth” that reminded her of the Renaissance music she loved in her youth. On that trip, Eivør and Tróndur also wrote ENN’s opener, “Ein Klóta,” a song about “watching your world from afar” as it changes. “I felt I was making a concept album, in a sense, about the Earth, about our home, our planet. Then it developed into both nature but also human nature—both the outer and the inner landscape, and the struggles of the heart, the struggles between the Earth and humans.”

In recent years, Eivør has composed extensively for film, television and video games ​(The Last Kingdom, God of War) and the cinematic structures of those scores found their way in alongside the music’s propulsive beats, omnipresent rooting in Faroese folk, and the classical flourishes of her opera training. Some of the songs feel like vistas or panoramas moving unexpectedly. “After writing the first two more spacious tracks, the idea started to grow in my head of almost a space opera,” Eivør said. “I was like, what if this journey starts out in space, and you watch the Earth? And you’re so far away from everything that you ever knew? Where am I going? What is this adventure?” The result was a synthesis of her career to date—her curiosity about beat making and noisy expressiveness, combined with the purity of classical music and cinematic atmospheres—and that sonic biography plays out beautifully on ENN’s second track “Jardartra.” It begins with a lurching beat “almost like a heartbeat,” and Eivør wrote it from the Earth’s point of view, as if “Earth is calling on us in the midst of all our human greed and destruction and beckoning us to find our way back to her blue embrace.”

Most of the lyrics, sung entirely in Faroese, were penned in collaboration with the Faroese poet Marjun Syderbø Kjelnæs. Eivør calls the lyrics to the title track especially “hardcore.” The song is about war— “the wars that are going on in the world especially lately, but that have always been going on,” Eivør says, “and how to find a glimpse of light in this overwhelming darkness.” The guttural penultimate track, “Upp Úr Øskuni,” is a thrilling outlier mixing growling beatboxing with visceral throat singing (it’s certainly Eivør’s most metal moment). She considers “Upp Úr Øskuni” a beacon of female empowerment and solidarity.

Eivør says. “I wanted it to be wild and untamed. It’s quite witchy. When I wrote the song, I imagined a coven of witches from the past and the present all supporting each other, chanting to each other across the chasm of time.”

After independently releasing her music for many years, ENN marks Eivør’s debut for the metal label Season of Mist—and though her compositions sit outside of any one genre, she is happy to be embraced by the metal community. She identified a shared pagan sensibility in her television scores like The Last Kingdom. “I never felt I really fit into any box,” said Eivør. “I just have to do it my own way.” Recorded with her touring band in the Faroe Islands—where she now lives again, splitting time between her homeland and Denmark—Eivør called ENN “my most pleasurable and also most painful process. I felt that I was stepping into a place where I hadn’t been before, and that’s always scary because you don’t feel that you touch the ground. But it opens up your creativity and takes you to someplace new. It’s woven together all my experiences for the past 10 years, and it’s grounded me.”

Line-up:

  • Eivør : Vocals, Guitars, Beats
ENN
Date Venue City Country Info Ticket
June 21st, 2024 Copenhell Festival Copenhagen Denmark   Buy Ticket
June 23rd, 2024 Sankthanskoncert Aalborg Denmark   Buy Ticket
June 26th, 2024 Resurrection Fest Viveiro Spain   Buy Ticket
June 29th, 2024 Hellfest 2024 Clisson France   Buy Ticket
June 30th, 2024 Tuska Festival 2024 Helsinki Finland   Buy Ticket
July 18th, 2024 G! 2024 Syðrugøta Faroe Islands   Buy Ticket
August 1st, 2024 Rockstadt Extreme Fest 2024 Brasov Romania   Buy Ticket
August 3rd, 2024 Montelago Celtic Festival 2024 Serravalle Di Chienti Italy   Buy Ticket
August 30th, 2024 The Nordic House Thorshavn Faroe Islands   Buy Ticket
August 31st, 2024 The Nordic House Thorshavn Faroe Islands   Buy Ticket
September 7th, 2024 Nocturnal Culture Night (NCN) 2024 Deutzen Germany   Buy Ticket
September 11th, 2024 IF Performance Hall Istanbul Turkey   Buy Ticket
September 15th, 2024 Silfurberg Reykjavík Iceland   Buy Ticket
October 2nd, 2024 Markthalle Hamburg Germany European Tour 2024 w/ Sylvaine Buy Ticket
October 3rd, 2024 TivoliVredenburg Utrecht Netherlands European Tour 2024 w/ Sylvaine Buy Ticket
October 4th, 2024 Ancienne Belgique Brussels Belgium European Tour 2024 w/ Sylvaine Buy Ticket
October 5th, 2024 Live Music Hall Cologne Germany European Tour 2024 w/ Sylvaine Buy Ticket
October 7th, 2024 Electric Ballroom London United Kingdom European Tour 2024 w/ Sylvaine Buy Ticket
October 9th, 2024 Opium Dublin Ireland European Tour 2024 w/ Sylvaine Buy Ticket
October 10th, 2024 The Garage Glasgow United Kingdom European Tour 2024 w/ Sylvaine Buy Ticket
October 11th, 2024 Club Academy Manchester United Kingdom European Tour 2024 w/ Sylvaine Buy Ticket
October 12th, 2024 Thekla Bristol United Kingdom European Tour 2024 w/ Sylvaine Buy Ticket
October 13th, 2024 Le Trianon Paris France European Tour 2024 w/ Sylvaine Buy Ticket
October 15th, 2024 CCO Lyon France European Tour 2024 w/ Sylvaine Buy Ticket
October 16th, 2024 Konzerthaus Schüür Lucerne Switzerland European Tour 2024 w/ Sylvaine Buy Ticket
October 17th, 2024 Szene Vienna Austria European Tour 2024 w/ Sylvaine Buy Ticket
October 18th, 2024 Dürer Kert Budapest Hungary European Tour 2024 w/ Sylvaine Buy Ticket
October 19th, 2024 Progresja Warsaw Poland European Tour 2024 w/ Sylvaine Buy Ticket
October 21st, 2024 Metropol Berlin Germany European Tour 2024 w/ Sylvaine Buy Ticket
October 22nd, 2024 Train Aarhus Denmark European Tour 2024 w/ Sylvaine Buy Ticket
October 23rd, 2024 Store Vega Copenhagen Denmark European Tour 2024 w/ Sylvaine Buy Ticket
October 24th, 2024 Pustervik Gothenburg Sweden European Tour 2024 w/ Sylvaine Buy Ticket
October 25th, 2024 Rockefeller Music Hall Oslo Norway European Tour 2024 w/ Sylvaine Buy Ticket
October 26th, 2024 Kägelbanan Stockholm Sweden European Tour 2024 w/ Sylvaine Buy Ticket
October 30th, 2024 Red Hill Auditorium Red Hill Australia Australian Tour 2024 w/ Heilung Buy Ticket
November 2nd, 2024 AEC Theatre Hindmarsh Australia Australian Tour 2024 w/ Heilung Buy Ticket
November 4th, 2024 Palais Theatre St Kilda Australia Australian Tour 2024 w/ Heilung Buy Ticket
November 8th, 2024 Enmore Theatre Newtown Australia Australian Tour 2024 w/ Heilung Buy Ticket
November 13th, 2024 Riverstage Brisbane Australia Australian Tour 2024 w/ Heilung Buy Ticket
November 16th, 2024 Kiri Te Kanawa Theatre Auckland New Zealand Australian Tour 2024 w/ Heilung Buy Ticket
Posted on June 13, 2024

Eivør performs on the world’s largest stages. She has serenaded crowds at the UEFA Champions League, bowled over The Game Awards with her songs from God of War: Ragnarök, starred in the hit Netflix series The Last Kingdom and opened for Heilung at a sold-out Red Rocks.

Posted on June 4, 2024

On her new album, Eivør leans heavier into electronic beats and cosmic orchestration. But ENN only deepens the connection to her Nordic roots. The title, which in English means “Still”, grounds her latest artistic leap in the comforts of home. With “UPP ÚR ØSKUNI / RISE FROM THE ASHES”, Eivør pays a loving tribute to all the strong women in her life while exploring the dark new depths of her music.

Posted on April 30, 2024

Fans around the world recognize Eivør for her thunderous Nordic drumming and operatic throat singing. But her upcoming twelfth album marks a bold new venture in her two decades-long musical journey.

Posted on March 27, 2024

Eivør comes from one of the smallest places on the planet. She grew up in a village of 400 people, tucked away among the Faroe Islands. But her music, which is shaped by the natural wonders of her homeland, has brought her all over the world. She’s performed at Europe’s biggest festivals and co-composed the soundtracks to Netflix’s hit series The Last Kingdom and the award-winning video game God of War: Ragnarök.

Posted on January 16, 2024

2023 was a big year for EIVØR. Born and raised to a tiny island community, the electrifying Faroese singer-songwriter toured behind the soundtrack to the Netflix series The Last Kingdom, which she composed alongside Emmy winner John Lunn. But this year is going to be even bigger. Not only is she releasing a new album. She’s touring all across Europe — and she’s bringing along her new label mate.

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