The previous collaboration from Ivar Bjørnson of Enslaved and Einar Selvik of Wardruna, Skuggsjá, was both an achievement and a success (though you would expect nothing less from such individuals). Follow-up Hugsjá is, simply put, a beautiful piece of music, one that works perfectly well as a body of work.
The word Hugsjá means to see within or with the mind. It means listening to the inner voice that is more and more frequently drowned by modern life. I found, quite simply, that the album indeed is an inner journey, and it conjured in my mind images of Vikings, fjords, coastal landscapes… of timeless space and freedome.
Just superb, I defy anyone with a heart to listen to Hugsjá and not be moved. It is truly a beautiful and epic work, one you hear with your heart as much as your mind.