We are proud to announce the release of the first single from Norwegian creative duo, Hrada, featuring Peter Espevoll and Åsmund Janøy. Peter is known for his stunning vocal work with the ever-evolving Extol, bringing lauded albums like Burial, Undeceived and Extol to such vibrant life. Åsmund will also be familiar to fans of Extol – known as a film maker, he worked with the band on their expansive DVD Extol: Of Light And Shade. Hrada sees Peter creating his first new music in eight years and Åsmund collaborating musically for the very first time. Gospel Oak is the first single taken from the forthcoming Hrada debut album and the first music that the two musicians have sent out into the world. Recorded with the assistance of an array of supremely talented session musicians, Gospel Oak is mature, measured, rich and dramatic, overflowing with beautiful harmonies yet touched by shadows and darkness. It’s an enthralling song which reveals more of itself which each listen, more nuances, deeper textures, additional layers of sound. It’s a brave and brilliant opening gambit from a duo whose chosen name, Hrada, means ‘to create’ in old Norwegian – and that urge to create, one which Peter thought might have been lost to him forever, is what drives them.
To hear more about Hrada and Gospel Oak check out the promotional video where Peter and Åsmund discuss the origins of the project:
Gospel Oak is available now through Mythic Panda Productions on all major digital platforms, complete with some fantastic comic book artwork. Get your first taste of Hrada today and look forward to the arrival of what promises to be one of the most remarkable and unique albums of the year.