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Renowned Dark Nordic Folk artist, Nanna Barslev, is pleased to announce her second single off her upcoming debut solo album, “Mod Vrede”. Translated into English as “spell against anger” “Mod Vrede” is a type of protection chant to shield oneself from the anger of others.  

Nanna composed the melody for this specific track on a moraharpa, a replica of a traditional Swedish folk instrument, accompanied by a davul drum. She comments: “I wanted to express the feeling of grounding and protection. My home library is full of folklore books and I have been composing melodies for old spells for many years. I am always careful what I send out. Some spells are too strong to sing in public and sometimes I change the words to soften it.

I changed the anger spell so it’s not demanding, but more a feeling of standing grounded in a storm and not letting other energies shake you. Like holding a shield in front of you for protection, asking that no one should try to control you with any force.

In our modern society, and specifically here in the North, we are brought up to react with peace and harmony. We often feel guilty when we are exposed to other people's anger, or if we express anger ourselves. But anger is a human instinct and maybe it’s not always healthy to keep it back or take it in…”

Produced by Mark Thyrring, the video for “Mod Vrede” was filmed in -16°C (3.2°F) weather in Denmark, the extreme cold setting an intense and powerful atmosphere. Commenting on the video Nanna states: “My favorite scene is probably when I break the ice with a flint ax like a wild woman, in contrast to my calm expression.” 

Nanna Barslev is a renown Dark Nordic Folk, Neofolk, Viking music artist and composer from Denmark. “Lysbaerer”, her first full-length solo album is the outcome of Nanna’s solid experience in the Nordic Atmospheric / Dark Folk genre since the early 1990’s and known as the front woman in Huldre, Asynje, Gny and Ættir. 

Nanna performs not only as a singer with her mesmerizing voice and experimental old Nordic song techniques, she also appears as a instrumentalist on a collection of various traditional Nordic instruments such as Moraharpa, Tagelharpa, Islandsk langspil, Bodhran drum and flute. She has performed at various Viking medieval folk and Metal festivals such as Wacken Open Air, Copenhell, Midgårdsblot and Castlefest. 

She comments on the signing to By Norse Music: “I am proud and excited to announce that I found the perfect match with By Norse music, to help me lifting my music into the world. I’m thrilled to be a part of the By Norse family, and I feel lucky to be among wonderful artists such as Wardruna, Tvinna, Eivør and all the other marvellous ones with solid experience, sharing the same genre energies and roots.”

Her debut solo album “Lysbærer” is set for release on March 18th on Digital and CD Digipack with 20-pages booklet featuring all lyrics and English translations. Regular and limited vinyl editions with printed innersleeve featuring all lyrics and English translations will come on May 6th. All formats are available for pre-orders in the By Norse online stores:




In “Lysbærer”, Nanna invites you into a hidden world between dark and light in nature and human nature, from misty underworld roots to ancient mountain calls, from scenic battle fields to meditative healing spells, with protection spells and words from the Edda. 

The album title “Lysbærer”, which translates to “Carrier of light” is a reference to the celebration of the Sun and the Moon, lighting up the dark and changing seasons. The circle of life and death connecting with nature and the nature in us humans. The dark and light theme is the main essence of the vision in this album and follows up with the theme of chaos and cosmos from Nanna’s previous single “Skelfr Yggdrasil” released in 2019. 

Interpretation of Nordic folklore and mythology themes are one of Nanna’s signatures, expressed through her mesmerising and fascinating voice, that ranges from experimental old Nordic singing techniques to underworld growling and whispering. 

Nanna Barslev comments on the album: “Through the process of making this album, I’ve been diving into the melancholic roots and energies with a fire torch in my hand, searching in the dark for what could be healed. I crossed all boundaries from what I thought I was capable of as an artist and put my feelings and soul in it. My wish is that the listener can relate to themes and feelings in this album and carefully be lead through the misty fields and the sunny meadows.” 

”Lysbærer” was produced by Fieke van den Hurk (Eivør, TVINNA) in Dearworldstudio, the Netherlands. Together for “Lysbærer”, Fieke and Nanna have found a sound that reflects the heritage of Nanna’s previous projects, bringing together momentums ranging from Metal, distorted Folktronica, crispy sounds and heavy beats. The album was mastered by Iver Sandøy (Enslaved, Ivar Bjørnson & Einar Selvik). It features guest appearances by the Dutch musician Lies Sommer (Ball noir) on the hurdy gurdy and harp. 

"Lysbærer" Tracklsit:

1. Skjoldmø 

2. Runebundet 

3. Mod vrede

4. Askr 

5. Lysbærer  

6. Rhimfaxe

7. Jagtmarker

8. Sunna Sol 

9. Sten

Giovanni Gagliano

Passionate about music I wrote my first article for "Given To Rock" in 2012, reaching now 30K global followers. I am also a musician, gigging around London.

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