Release date 16th April 2021.
This is Gydja's second appearance on the Winter-Light label, the first being on our '... that first season' DCD compilation back in 2017.
Now Gydja (Abby Helasdottir) returns to Winter-Light with her spellbinding new full length album, 'Ár var alda (In ancient times)'. Thick, expansive drones, woven through with intricate percussive elements, unearthly vocals and atmospheric field recordings. An album of deep, primordial dark ambient comprising of 9 tracks, across four movements.
Composed, produced and recorded by Abby Helasdottir at Ultrasound between 2015 and 2020.
Additional performers: Lyn Goeringer: vocals on Ór Élivágum stukku eitrdropar and þar eru órar ættir komnar allar saman
Serena Helasdottir-Cole: percussion on Svá óx, unz varð jötunn, rainsticks on þar eru órar ættir komnar allar saman.
Mastered by Robin Storey.
© Abby Helasdottir 2021
© Winter-Light 2021
Cover artwork and design by Midnight Sun Studio.
CD comes in a 6-panel full colour digipak, limited to 200 copies.
Gydja | Ár Var Alda (In Ancient Times) | CD
1: Þar er ekki var
2: Gap var ginvnga
3: Örófi vetra áðr væri jörð of sköpuð
4: Mjötvið mæran fyr mold neðan
5: Níu man ek heima, níu íviðjur
6: Ór Élivágum stukku eitrdropar
7: Svá óx, unz varð jötunn
8: þar eru órar ættir komnar allar saman
9: Sól skein sunnan á salar steina
1: That which was not
2: A chasm gaped
3: Winters unmeasured ere earth was made
4: The Great Measuring Tree beneath the earth
5: Nine worlds I recall, nine giantesses
6: Down from Elivagar did venom drop
7: And waxed till a giant it was
8: And thence arose our giants' race
9: The sun from the south warmed the stones of earth