Since the theme of Heer is rooted in The North, we wanted something on top of our instrumentation to represent The North. Something folkloric. Hence we thought about Sweden’s national instrument nyckelharpa. Thinking about the nyckelharpa, Hanna van Gorcum came to mind immediately. She is a good friend of the band and known for her skills on many instruments. It was a no-brainer for us to ask her to do the job and she did great!
We had the pleasure to record her parts in our own humble studio facility Luidheim, using no less then four microphones to capture all the aspects of this curious instrument. We can’t wait to share the results with you, later this year!
Jasper, on behalf of Alvenrad