Writing about the title track, “Kilden”, which was released as a single last November, the Norwegian magazine, Ballade, wrote that “it doesn’t get much more beautiful than this”. There is both light and darkness on folk music trio Østerlide’s second studio album, «Kilden.» Vocals and chimes whirl around shimmering droplets of guitar notes like sunlight on water. Bright and ethereal soundscapes give way to driving guitar riffs and percussion at full throttle. We are served blood-drenched stories from the darkest Middle Ages, miracles and ghosts, love and deep longing for Heaven. At the centre are the indestructible and timeless folk melodies that have been shaped and honed through the centuries. When these melodies and stories are reshaped in Østerlide’s sonic landscapes, they are given new shades of colour, light and shadow. But at their core they remain the same, both new and old at the same time. 

  • Liv Ulvik: vocals 
  • Andreas Haddeland: guitar 
  • Ulrik Ibsen Thorsrud: percussion 

Foto: Ingvil Skeie Ljones

Kilden (2023)
Tare records TARE03CD

Andreas Haddeland

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