Music Monday: Voices of Fornburg

This week’s Music Monday is also from the Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla soundtrack, but this time it’s by Sarah Schachner.

Sarah Schachner is a familiar name on the Elsehere Soundtrack. She is one of the group of composers I got to find via the AC universe and whose work I adore. What I particularly like about her music is the variety between projects and within projects, for that matter, so when she was announced as one of the co-composers for AC: Valhalla, I was excited to see what she would come up with…

…and as with Jesper Kyd’s work, I was absolutely delighted. (Did I mention you should go check the whole AC: Valhalla soundtrack out yet?…!)

Voices of Fornburg is a stately, steady, piece of music. Almost processional, with a serious weight to it. Most of the melody is supplied by female voices, echoed/mirrored with woodwind, while the underlying rhythm is provided by percussion, horn and male voice played/sung in a very limited range. It’s a simple piece but it is superbly effective.

The heavier weight of this piece made it the perfect mood music for Kari’s time in Hólmgarðr, a very different sort of place to her childhood home. More intimidating. More dangerous.

The Elsehere Soundtrack on Spotify has been updated to add this in.

That’s all for now. Happy reading and listening!

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