This summer Knút released his first single in eight years. Second single ‘Himnafar’ from the upcoming fourth album is out on October 1st. ‘Himnafar’ is a soaring, atmospheric song with lyrics and music by Knút. The title ‘Himnafar’ can be translated to “Heavenly vessel”. As with previous single ‘Villiniborg’ this track has been underway for some time: “The music came to me late at night many years ago. I was sitting at the grand piano in the aula at the Faculty of Education at the University of the Faroe Islands. The aula is a room with historical weight to it and it features a public art decoration by writer and artist William Heinesen (1900-1990) and a wonderful grand piano. It was very special being able to sit alone in this place playing the grand piano.” On the process from composition to recording: “Twice before we’ve tried to make a release-worthy recording of this song. We tried it once when we recorded my sophomore album The Desert Holds A Flower (Tutl, 2009) and again for On High (Tutl, 2013). Third time’s the charm, I suppose; in later years the song got its final form, we managed to record it and I’m very pleased with how it turned out. Everyone involved did their best.” On the title ‘Himnafar’ and the cosmic journey described in the song: “I’ve often been fascinated by the story of the satellite Voyager 1 which was launched into space in 1977. Voyager 1 travelled beyond the limits of our solar system in 2012 and thus went interstellar. Onboard is a golden record with sound recordings from earth, including some great music. It is beautiful to know that the golden record is floating out there for alien civilizations to discover. A “bottle in a cosmic ocean” as astronomer Carl Sagan (1934-1996) put it”.
Released on the following formats:
Digitally on all major platforms (Spotify, Apple Music, etc.). You can check it out on the player below.
Knút Háberg Eysturstein: vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, additional keys
Mattias Dimitris Kapnas: piano, samples, synthesizer Svend Torleik Mortensen: bass
Per Ingvaldur Højgaard Petersen: drums
Jón Festirstein: violin, viola
Dorthea Højgaard Dam, Óluva Dam Ísheim, Jensia Højgaard Kjærbæk, Ingrid Højgaard Petersen, Jóhanna Sofía Petersen: backing vocals
Word & music: Knút Háberg Eysturstein. Producer: Knút Háberg Eysturstein.
Co-producer: Benjamin Petersen.
Arranged by: Knút Háberg Eysturstein, Mattias Dimitris Kapnas, Svend Torleik Mortensen og Per Ingvaldur Højgaard Petersen.
Strings arranged by Knút Háberg Eysturstein, Mattias Dimitris Kapnas, Benjamin Petersen and Per Ingvaldur Højgaard Petersen.
Backing vocals arranged by Dorthea Højgaard Dam, Óluva Dam Ísheim, Jensia Højgaard Kjærbæk, Ingrid Højgaard Petersen, Jóhanna Sofía Petersen, Knút Háberg Eysturstein, Benjamin Petersen and Per Ingvaldur Højgaard Petersen.
Recorded by Benjamin Petersen, Rúm 43, Hoydalar march-april-may 2021.
Mixed by Benjamin Petersen and Per Ingvaldur Højgaard Petersen, Rúm 43, Hoydalar and Stökumörk, Innan Glyvur í may-june 2021.
Mastered by Daniel Bacigalupi, Infrasonic Sound, Nashville june 2021.
Photo: Gwenaël Akira Helmsdal Carré.
Handwriting: Knút Háberg Eysturstein.
Graphic design: Uni Árting.