By the Gods has the Heathen Harvest Periodical been granted here today the privilege of presenting the pre-release exclusive premiere for the stellar re-visioning of Anilah‘s “Warrior,” which features a collaboration with Einar Kvitrafn Selvik of the ever prolific Wardruna. “Warrior (Revisited)” takes us on a profound journey towards inner healing and peace, allowing for visions of uplifting power that are deeply rooted in the natural world and are meant to stir the heart in such a way as to awaken its true strength. Anilah is a solo project by composer, vocalist, and instrumentalist Dréa Drury of the Selkirk Mountains of Western Canada, and her connection to this land as well as several ancestral, shamanic, and esoteric traditions is made blatantly obvious throughout this stunning eleven-plus minute epic.
With a new take on the original composition and additions made by the exceptionally mystifying presence of Selvik, we are invited to take part in a musical ceremony of power and healing. Their vocals meet together after the four-minute mark in the track, then the world around begins to fade and melt away into a fusion of swirling vocal harmonies, theatrical field recordings, and an inspiring “world” instrumentation style that incorporates an array of sounds that appears to be the first assimilation of its kind. “Warrior” is a ballad for the spiritual warrior within all of us, a calling that draws us toward those higher revelations in life. It also may just be—already, here in the deep winter month of January—the song of the year. The digital single is available now for pre-order at Anilah‘s Bandcamp page and will see an official release on January, 22.
(Text by Ryan Rock.)
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From the Artist:
After over a year of working long-distance together, Dréa Drury (Anilah) and Einar Selvik (Wardruna) are releasing a new collaboration of the previously released track “Warrior.” The song is a potent combination of Selvik’s unique instrumentation and vocal skills, with haunting vocal soundscapes created by Anilah. The end-result is a fusion of modern elements with an ancient, shamanic sound. Here is what Selvik had to say about the collaboration:
“Working on Anilah‘s beautiful song ‘Warrior’ has been an absolute pleasure for me. Due to my creative work with Wardruna being so time-consuming, it is very seldom that I can accept invitations to collaborate on other people’s projects. But when I was presented with the song ‘Warrior,’ I immediately liked it. I instantly heard and pictured myself being part of it, and so accepted the gracious invitation. I am very happy with the outcome.”