New Artist Spotlight: Brynilde Evokes Old Energy With Debut Album ‘The Sound of the Winter Sun’
It’s surprising that Brynilde is based in the United States, given her artist name, which is a permutation of the old Scandinavian “Brunhilda”, as well as the timbre of her exquisite soprano, which is perfect for old songs. Nordic folklore, à la YouTube. stars Jonna Jinton. Brynilde’s first album, The Sound of the winter sun, which was released last month, also has track names like “Priestess or Shieldmaiden”. In fact French expatriate, one would think that Brynilde is based in Sweden or Norway. Turns out she’s just a lover of all things old and has made it her mission on this album to merge that soul and feeling with the modern world.
Passionate about the world of antiquity, Brynilde studied the ancient cultures and traditions not only of the Nordics but also of the Greeks, Greek philosophy, Buddhism and French Renaissance philosophers like Descartes. All of these messages somehow converge in the message of the album, which is about the contrast of life and the discovery of beauty in that contrast. Brynilde sums it up best herself:
Inspired by ancient symbols, folk tales and alchemical processes, melodies and lyrics began to emerge from my psyche. My first album, The Sound of the Winter Sun, was born. Artistic expression has been a tool to heal and free me, exorcise certain emotions and nourish my soul. My songs explore different themes, such as identity, courage, authenticity, dependency, individuation, reality and spirituality, with the same overarching goal of breaking free from shackles of perceptions and emotional triggers.
It almost feels like a bonus to Brynilde that the album came out of all that soul-searching, but that’s what makes it so authentic. Musically just as much a mix as the subjects and studies that created it, The Sound of the winter sun blends ambient sound design and orchestral backing arrangements with Brynilde’s pitch-perfect soprano and masterful piano playing to create exactly the windswept, sunny feeling of a winter’s day that the album’s title evokes. .
The sound of the winter sun takes its indie edge partly from the percussion, performed by Leo Margarit of Pain of Salvation fame, who also produced the album, which is syncopated, varied and goes through many tempo changes. In the album’s opening track “The Descent”, an analog jazz snare drum hears so many tempo changes, in fact, that with the composition it pushes the whole sound into much more jumpy territory. , and the vox of Brynhilde from Sarah Brightman to Kate Bush. Likewise, the following track “Priestess or Shieldmaiden” has big, heavy, folksy drums following the somewhat unstructured verses of the vocals. Always heavily composed and cinematic, the primacy of the drums connects the ancient to the modern.
In other tracks like “Ungracefulness,” the guitars are what send the music in a more indie or rock direction; heavy, grungy and slightly gothic with the orchestral arrangements, listeners should be able to catch a bit of Evanesence or even a bit of Brightman Phantom contained therein. However, others are lighter and really leave Brynilde to herself with her piano, like another song that refers to Antiquity, “Hecate”. It’s honestly more than enough with Brynilde’s voice alone. It’s hard to believe that early in her career she felt she had vocal pitch issues.
The track that best sums up Brynilde’s sound, message and purpose on The sound of the winter sun is probably “Echos de Tonnerre” (fr. “Echos de tonnerre”). Singing in her native French, there’s even more depth and honesty here in Brynilde’s voice and even if the listener doesn’t understand the lyrics, the emotion there is really reminiscent of her original purpose for making this album. . Paired with the closer “I See Beauty”, it’s clear that this album was a journey of emotions, struggles and contrasts, but in the end comes such a great reward.
With a style already so developed, it always seems that after The sound of the winter sun Brynilde can always go in any direction. She could do a full EDM album and be absolutely praised, or she could stay in her current indie vibe niche. With talent and skill as well as a high vibrational message, the healing Brynhilde gives to herself and the world through her music cannot be underestimated.
The sound of the winter sun is now available to stream on Spotify. Check out Brynilde’s YouTube channel for more visualizers and videos with lyrics.