Vargkvint - Hav
APRIL 05, 2019 (PCR008)
Grown up in a small coastal city in Sweden, the sea has always been a core element in the life and inspiration of now Stockholm-based multi-artist Sofia Nystrand, also knows as Vargkvint, and therefore a natural theme for her first full-length album, Hav.
”The sea has played such a huge part for us, in how societies have formed and grown, it has connected us with each other and given us life, and is the base behind much of our mythology. But at the same time, it has been a really cruel mistress – its storms, tsunamis and rising sea levels has been devastating to both individual lives, whole societies and now humanity as a whole. It’s in that conflict – its beauty and its menace, its life-giving and its life-taking, this concept-album was created”, Nystrand says.
Echoing its theme, the music on Hav is equal parts sweet and menacing, where piano and vocals are accompanied by musical saw, harmonium, zither, bowed glockenspiel, a male choir, synthesizers, and field recordings, landing somewhere between the definitions of folk, modern-classical, pop and experimental music. Old and new narratives connected to the sea – folklore, migration and the way of nature – are tied together both musically and lyrically.
Drawing inspiration from oceans, forests and folklore, Vargkvint is the musical project of Stockholm-based multi-artist Sofia Nystrand. After self-releasing her low-key debut EP Brus in 2016, it was picked up for re-release by French label Soft Recordings the consecutive year, and her first full-length effort, the concept-album Hav (The Sea), is scheduled for release in April 2019 through piano and coffee records. Combining evocative melodies and a playful approach to arrangement and instrument usage, Vargkvint’s music falls neatly between the definitions of folk, modern classical, pop and experimental music, and she has on several occasions toured internationally, performing at stages such as Q3Ambientfest in Potsdam, Germany.