Review: Grift – Vilsna Andars Boning

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Label: Nordvis

Despite being a fairly short release, Vilsna Andars Boning is the kind of record that it’s possible to lose hours at a time to. This two-track EP from Grift is filled with a haunting melancholy, that is rendered all the more effective for its stripped-down delivery, its folk guitars and sparse drums speaking of long winters and evoking memories of the past. It is music that is at once deeply personal and universal, summoning old spirits and filling the night with its warmth.

Both tracks on the EP follow similar formats, being built upon a foundation of acoustic guitars and deep vocals, with sorrowful melodies and sparse percussion being used at key points. Whilst the majority of the music speaks of isolation and loneliness, when the additional instruments are introduced the music – though still melancholic – takes on a more communal feel, bringing to mind images of songs sung around campfires in the dead of winter, where the voices of those around you are all that is fending off the oppressive darkness.

All of which goes some considerable way to explaining the hypnotic qualities of the EP. There is an emotional element to Vilsna Andars Boning that cannot be faked, speaking of a sense of belonging – a sense that, though things might not always be easy, this is where you belong, whether that be a mental place rather than your current physical location – this is music that can carry you away from the everyday, to somewhere better. To have music produce such a feeling is quite special, and it’s hard not to quickly fall under the spell of this EP. It is a fine record, that evokes the feeling of walking through autumnal woodlands, the moonlight filtering through the trees, and knowing that this is home.

Vilsna Andars Boning is available on vinyl from Nordvis, and digitally via Bandcamp.

 

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