By Anita Stewart, Managing Editor
New Single Release: “Svik”
Release Date: December 3, 2021
If you have never heard of this band before, now is your chance! If you love the following bands and musicians: Wardruna, Eivør Pálsdóttir, Aurora, Heilung then know that this band creates music that you will love too. The band’s current lineup is: Gunnhild Sundli on vocals and violin, Magnus Børmark on guitar, vocals, percussion, Sveinung Sundli on Hardanger fiddle, organ, vocals and percussion and Jon Even Schærer on percussion and vocals.
From the wilds of Norway and already a big name in their home country, the band is eager to get “discovered” in other parts of the world. The name GÅTE is translated to “Riddle” and the band has made their mark with their fiery combination of Norwegian folk and spiritually centered rock. The band’s approach to creating music and art is visionary and along with similar bands from other parts of Scandinavia they have already laid the foundation for making pagan music popular. The band will release their new album titled “Nord” on December 3, 2021 via Indie Recordings. “Nord“ is the full-length follow-up to the band’s critically acclaimed EP “Til Nord” (May 2021).
The video for this single was produced by Valkyrien Productions and directed by Gunnhild in a film noire style. The song “Svik” (or “Betrayal“) and the accompanying video show us the fearful or angry protagonist and take us through a darkened landscape to one of eroticism between a man and a woman. The mingling of hands and bodies in black and white footage represent physical contact between the two. These are the protagonist’s visions, but are they his memories or are they dreams? Perhaps a bit of both? At the end of the video, he is holding her. Is she dead? Or captured?
Rock at Night says: “This song and accompanying video is just brilliant, done like a short film and leaves the listener/viewer to create their own ending to the story. The music is dark and punctuated with violins and traditional instruments, lush vocalizations and staccato sounds for the rhythm. Gunnhild’s voice is soft and ethereal in parts and in other parts she is whispering the lyrics. This video was beautifully directed, the song provocative and dreamy and can’t wait to hear the upcoming album!”
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