“Over heavy haze, the clouds are coming, A sun has set and as a storm awaits, I sit patiently with the weight of thick air and longing”
Nordic Giants release their debut album A Séance Of Dark Delusions through Kscope on April 6th. The elusive duo Loki and Roka bring their beautifully apocalyptic soundscapes alive in a rich project exploring the deep breadths of sonic and visual art.
“Air whistles and whines around my ears, Distant echoes drift through endless minds, And magnetised to empty thoughts”
Largely instrumental, A Séance Of Dark Delusions reflects the inspired musical experimentation and atmosphere of Sigur Rós, 65daysofstatic, Björk and Pink Floyd. Nordic Giants bring a heavy orchestral brutality through progressive guitar, drum and brass, which are paired with beautiful and haunting electronics as they warp loops and end of the world samples through pattered keys.
“The hollow sound resonates from morbid tone, And aloft the music goes, Notes bend and warp as the swell rolls”
When they pull lyricism from the human world, Nordic Giants enlist the vocal features of artists, Saturday Sun (‘Dissolve’), Nadine Wild Palmer (‘Futures Dark’), Freyja (‘Give Flight To The Imagination’), and Beth Cannon (‘Rapture’).
“Unborn thoughts sleep silently in the mind, A heavy cushion of warm unblemished noise, The heart beats slowly in time with the dull thud of drum”
As the first track to be lifted from A Séance Of Dark Delusions, ‘Rapture’ is an enigmatically provoking wonderment. Operatically charged by Beth Cannon’s vocals, the song’s cavernous holy sentiments crawl beneath the skin with their poignant key chimes, creeping synths and chorus choir.
“And as the flugel rises, birds circle and swoop, On the warm air of bow and string, And as the piano toils and shakes”
Live Nordic Giants become an even more imposing beast. Experimenting with different live performance spaces, from Victorian halls to 360-degree visual domes to digital mapping shows, audiences are always filled with intrigue. Using short films – incorporating delicate illustration and animation as well as immersive actor led stories from acclaimed directors – Nordic Giants soundtrack their awe-inspiring and ever changing show, which delivers the very height of emotive captivation.
“The sky parts and the world is revealed, Expansive lands converge and disperse, Into a million fragmented lives”
Mixing dark and light with ambience and raw power, the dynamics of A Séance Of Dark Delusions mark the changing moods of the human spirit. Nordic Giants take that spirit into even further ethereal realms as their complex electronic post-rock stretches from fiery industrialism (‘Evolve Or Perish’), to angelic mournful minimalism (‘Illuminate’), while the duo intertwine progressive experimentation throughout.
“And when the whispered images of our lost brothers appear, Through the scratch and turn of needle on grain, The music is brought to our ears”
Nordic Giants are set to play European festivals including La Ferme Festival, Out Of The Crowd Festival and Aloud Music Festival – the latter of which Nordic Giants headline. UK live dates are due to be announced shortly.
A Séance Of Dark Delusions is the first full length release from one of the most intriguing and original bands of 2015, a duo that offer an intense aural and visual experience. The album will be available digitally, as a CD/DVD package including the Nordic Giants digital mapping experience and bonus content, and also gatefold LP.
Full track listing and Nordic Giants live dates are below:
A SÉANCE OF DARK DELUSIONS
- Elysian Dreams
- Evolve Or Perish
- Rapture ft. Beth Cannon
- Give Fight To The Imagination ft. Freyja
- Dissolve ft. Saturday Sun
- Futures Dark ft. Nadine Wild Palmer
- Black Folds
- A Thousand Lost Dreams
28/02 – La Ferme Festival, Louvain La Neuve, BE
12/03 – Aloud Music Festival, Barcelona, ES
25/04 – Out Of The Crowd Festival, Esch Sur Alzette, Luxembourg
UK live dates are due to be announced shortly.