NEW MONDAY! VILSEVIND Fri (feat. Stina Engelbrecht)
by Walter Price
In an era overtaken by simplistic and oft simulated empty TikTok vibes comes a track that has its heart drenched in ancient roots. Vilsevind’s recent single “Fri (feat. Stina Engelbrecht)” is plein à craquer of inspirational come-togetherness.
Taken from the mesmerizing 11-track LP, “Kelter och götar”, “Fri” “…is a song about liberation through the power of music and everything that unites us.”, the Swedish outfit shares. And it’s unlike any pop offering so far this year and it’ll have fans of Glass Heart String Choir and Fredrik Kinbom finding new escapism to fall into.
Enchanting, ethereal, and undeniably spellbinding, this is a song to guide us all into a new post-pandemic world. No worries if you don’t speak this duo’s language, there’s an accompanying music video that’s filled with awe-inspiring imagery that translates this indelible folk song’s lyrics into English. But for what it’s worth, I’d suggest letting the original lyrics work their magic on your soul.
Freedom is not only a state of being but it’s now a song to get lost into. You can stream “Fri”, here at the GTC.
VILSEVIND Fri (feat. Stina Engelbrecht)
Artist photo and quotes courtesy of Vilsevind
Johanna Ribnikov Gunnarsson: Vocals
Stina Jadelius Engelbrecht: Vocals
Sergio Ribnikov Gunnarsson: Vocals, Irish bouzouki, percussion
Santiago Molina: Härjedalspipa, Uilleann pipes
Manuel Villar Lifac: Violin, contrabass, ronroco, charango
Albert Castillo Asenjo: Bodhrán, cymbals
“Vilsevind is a Swedish folk act that blends the Nordic and Celtic musical traditions with newly-composed songs. Though they are based in Gothenburg, the multicultural duo made up of spouses Johanna Gunnarsson and Sergio Ribnikov draw inspiration from Johanna’s native home, the Baltic isle of Öland.” – bio