Former Heilung singer Jonas Lorentzen has announced that after being involved with Heilung for two years, and more recently with the worldwide acclaimed movie, The Northman as a songwriter and actor, Jonas has decided to focus on his own musical venture, based on a reimagining of Nordic folk reality-driven music, in the release of a debut full-length album under the solo project Nebala.
When you let yourself be taken by desire and lust, you will be consumed by what the ancient Germanic peoples called Laþu. The ancestor of our modern word “to let,” laþu suggests giving into natural desire and emotion. When Wōdan sought the deepest knowledge of the cosmos he had to brave the dangers of the deep caves in Hnitbjörg and let himself be taken by the desire of Gunlaþu, the forceful goddess of the underworld.
The album is led by Jonas, but features talents such as such as Sebastian Gainsbourough (Vessel, The Northman, Manchester Collective), Kjell Braaten (Wardruna, Origami Galaktika) as well as non-musician minds assisting in the conceptual development, Doctor Mathias Nordvig (Professor of Pre-Christian Religion at CU Boulder) and Philosopher Naina Gupta (University of Kingston).
“Lustuz Laþu Wōþuz Alu” is Nebala’s first full-length studio album and will be available as CD Digipack featuring an extensive 12-pages booklet as well as limited Black 2×12″ vinyl in Gatefold.
The album invites the listeners to dive into Old Norse Mythology. Nebala in Proto-Germanic means “the void”; the void through which all life originates. Sexuality is the essence of all life form. Through this album Nebala initiates sexuality into a space of sacredness. The title “Lustuz Laþu Wōþuz Alu” alludes to 3 stages of sexuality, fertility and love:
Lustuz: The desire to merge with the other and the romantic idealism of young love.
Lathu: The dark side of sexuality, the strife of lovers, the unrequited love, the pain of broken hearts and frantic frustration of unreleased desire.
Woduz Alu: The ecstasy, the true merging of lovers that dissolves all objectivity and releases the cosmic creative force.
Using traditional frame drums, lyre, tagelharpa, Tibetan singing bowls, and throat singing, Jonas Lorentzen has developed a unique Indo-Nordic sound for Nebala that toys with timescapes, soundscapes, and cultural boundaries to bring you back to the primordial experience of music itself.
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