Linnea Hjertén announces debut record, Nio systrar, out on January 12th via Nordvis
Born from the synthesis of Swedish folk melodies and ritual ambient, Linnea Hjertén‘s debut record, Nio systrar (‘Nine Sisters’), is a wordless invocation of primordial energy; a psychoacoustic gateway to altered states of consciousness. “Most of Nio systrar was recorded in my small closet with the lights off and the door closed”, comments Linnea, talking about the upcoming release. She continues, “In that setting, I can sense a closeness to my voice that I only find in solitude and darkness. My focus shifts to the intention I infuse into the sound waves. I’ve also mixed and produced everything at home; my apartment is a playground for music and magic. It mainly consists of books, altars, and instruments.”
With a musical maturity far beyond her years, Hjertén channels the ethereal beauty of Dead Can Dance, the spellbinding chants of Kari Rueslåtten and the minimalist Nordic atmosphere of Forndom. Each of the nine tracks brings the listener deeper into the cycle of spiritual death and rebirth, stripping away the old to make way for the new. While compositional structure and its development became a purely intuitive for Hjertén with ideas coming from different contexts. Hjertén comments, “The melody is the story. It’s mostly intuitive – but when I develop the composition, some music theory is automatically applied because I’ve studied it. It’s simply a tool”. As a natural extension of her spiritual practices, Linnea Hjertén reached a point where her melodies had to break the confines of her private sanctuary. The compositions had initially served a wide range of purposes: as grounding forces, as enhancements of energies, and as manifestations of intent to release that which no longer served her. Trained in music production, Linnea relishes the creative journey from inner melody to the final mix, unearthing the exact tools needed to craft the perfect musical space. From ambient to folk, from jazz to various forms of metal, her music is less about the style and more about a different quality, sound or purpose, crafted with an expansive love for diverse genres.
Nio systrar will be released on January 12th via Nordvis. Pre-orders are now available here.
Photo credit: Helgea Hekate