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Sundown: Whispers of Ragnarok

by Sassafrass

Tales of Viking mythology set as complex close harmony a cappella, narrating the history of the Norse Cosmos from its creation through Baldur's murder, the strife between Odin and Loki, the battle of Ragnarok, and the new world beyond.
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Hearthfire
5:39 $0.99
2. Ice and Fire
11:56 $0.99
3. Gift of Life
4:41 $0.99
4. The Futhark Song
1:56 $0.99
5. Sundown
8:56 $0.99
6. The Futhark Broken
1:55 $0.99
7. My Brother, My Enemy
7:28 $0.99
8. Here's to Valhalla
4:54 $0.99
9. Abandoned
9:25 $0.99
10. If I Could Ask You
9:44 $0.99
11. A New World
5:34 $0.99
12. Longer in Stories Than Stone
5:21 $0.99
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Album Notes
Gods and myths of the Viking era come to life in this musical retelling of Norse Mythology. These twelve songs narrate the history of the cosmos according to Viking legend, from the creation of the world to Ragnarok and the new world beyond, focusing on the death of Baldur, and the strife between Odin and his blood-brother Loki.

Combining a folk style with medieval modes, complex close harmony and multiple sets of competing lyrics, these songs present detailed and lively retellings of the myths, illustrating different characters’ competing perspectives, and the rival worldviews of gods, giants and mortals who compete to survive in the harsh cosmology imagined by the Vikings. The songs are closely based on medieval Icelandic sources, and present the stories as they have been handed down, but expanding upon the perspectives of the different participants to bring new depth to the characters. The songs also examine aspects of Viking culture, especially the tradition of skaldic poetry, riddles, runes, and the value placed on storytelling as a form of passing on history.

The Sundown Project is both an album and a stage play focusing on the life of Snorri Sturlson, performed in period costumes. You can order a DVD video of the debut performance (as well as the score, libretto and more music) at sassafrass.bandcamp.com.

Music by: Ada Palmer
Voices: Lila Garrott, Matt Granoff, Irina Greenman, Kara Hurvitz, Emily Lewis, Ada Palmer, Lauren Schiller, Tili Sokolov, Alexa Weingarden, Ruth Wejksnora, Alexandria Wilkie
Sound editing: Alexandria Wilkie, Nat Budin, Ada Palmer
Funded thanks to our 65 generous Kickstarter Backers

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