Ödeblues

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Ödeblues EP - song featured in Vilsevind's Album "dag o natt"

This is the dark tale of a tightly knit community in a remote island in the North Sea. They lived a hard life - isolated, nearly forgotten and at the mercy of the elements, but it was the only life they knew. One fine day, Modernity caught up with them in the form of World War I. Terrified by the roar of fighters overhead, they decided to join hands and together descend into the depths of the sea, never to return.

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released February 15, 2019

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Vilsevind Buenos Aires, Argentina

Vilsevind (Swedish for “wandering wind”) is a Swedish folk music duo made up by spouses Johanna and Sergio Ribnikov Gunnarsson. Through their music, they blend original creations and traditional melodies of authentic Scandinavian tradition with unique style and sound. Inspired by the nature and history of Öland, where Johanna was born, they tell their story in words and music. ... more

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Track Name: Ödeblues (desolation blues)
Ödeblues

Vid en strand står en ensam gammal man
Blicken lång bort nånstans
Undrar tyst vart allt liv från ön försvann
Forna dagars glans

Högt står gräset på övergiven gård
Vinden vaggar en grind
Väggar talar om svåra svälteår
Smeker gubbens kind

En su aislamiento
Con su soledad
Hombres y mujeres
En total oscuridad
Lejos de las reglas
De la Sociedad
Cuando llegue el tiempo
Se hundirán
En el abrazo del mar

Jämn är rytmen i kvinnors arbetssång
Vadmal valkas som så
Slagen ekar i bordet gång på gång
“Inget skall bestå”

Verk som skapats ur tusenårigt ord
Samlar människor på nytt
Minnen vårdas i helig sten och jord
Fläkt från tid som flytt

En su aislamiento
Con su soledad
Hombres y mujeres
En total oscuridad
Lejos de las reglas
De la Sociedad
Cuando llegue el tiempo
Se hundirán
En el abrazo del mar

Renacerán en historias
Contadas junto al mar
Sagor utav hav och land
Så bevingas
Till sång som vinden bär

TRANSLATION:
Desolation Blues

An old and solitary man stands by the shore
His gaze lost in the distance
He wonders in silence where all life from the island did go
The luster of days gone by

The grass grows high by the rundown farm
The wind shakes the small gate
The walls tell of hard days of famine
It strokes the old man’s check

In their isolation
With their solitude
Men and women
In total darkness
Away from all rules
Of Society
When their time comes
They will descend
Into the embrace of the sea

The rhythm of the women’s work song is uniform
The wadmal is waulked in this way
The thumps on the table resound time and again
Nothing will last

Works that originated from millenary words
Gather people once more
Memories preserved in holy stone and grounds
Breezes from a time now gone

In their isolation
With their solitude
Men and women
In total darkness
Away from all rules
Of Society
When their time comes
They will descend
Into the embrace of the sea

They will be reborn in stories
Told by the sea
Sagas from sea and land
Are thus bewinged
In a song that the wind carries

Cover photo: “Calm” by Nicolás Belazaras

Digital art: Abstract Chaos

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