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Kati Rán

Kati Rán is a Dutch vocalist, musician, songwriter, and producer and is described as a genre pioneer within the Dark Nordic Folk genre. In her audio work, she utilizes historical and folk instruments, such as the Swedish nyckelharpa, moraharpa, hammered dulcimer, Norwegian Kraviklyra, bone flutes and overtone whistles, hurre, shells, primal percussive textures and skin-drums and vocalizes mystical ‘characters’ and powerful emotions. Kati Rán is also known for recording for TV, film, and video game productions adding historic sound textures to contemporary scores. She workes with film composers, TV streaming, and gaming industry companies from the USA, South Korea, and Canada.

Her lyrics are infused with mythology and mystic lore, rooted in her travels and research to explore and deepen our knowledge about history, folklore, and traditional cultures. “From the start, I have intended to make music that carries the power to reconnect people back to nature, to their history and each other, while sounding fresh and pure as Nature itself.” – Kati Rán

Kati Rán released the successful album ‘LYS’ (2015, produced by Christopher Juul and Kati Rán) and three singles (‘Blodbylgje’ 2019, ‘Unnr|Mindbeach’ 2021, and ‘Hefring’ 2022) that are running in the millions of streams online and gathered a large following of her work. Her music evolved into a wider, dark ambient, and momentous landscape. Delving deeper into the subject of music production, Kati Rán’s releases were gradually more and more self-produced, mixed, and finalized together with Christopher Juul (Heilung). This set the darker tone and more ambient rich sound in Kati Rán’s music.

The sixteen-minute long oceanic and immersive track ‘Blodbylgje’ (2019) took the metaphor-rich environs of the ocean as its thematic and sonic guide, with additional vocals from Norwegian metal vocalist ‘extraordinaire’ Gaahl (Gaahl’s Wyrd, Trelldom, ex-Wardruna).

In ‘Unnr|Mindbeach’ (2010), written in Icelandic poetic narrative, we encounter the magnificent contra-bassist Borgar Magnason (Björk, Brian Eno) adding his strokes to the contemplative narrative by Kati Rán, hear a return of Gaahl’s baritone vocals, and topliner vocalist Yana Veva  (Theodor Basterd) supporting the song’s storytelling ambiance to reach our hearts in full.

With her release of ‘Hefring’ (2022), the landscape changes into a dense forest with the calls of eagles flying over the listener. Here, Kati Rán reached a personal milestone for her growing career as a self-recording producer with ‘Hefring’ being entirely written, recorded, performed, produced, and released by herself, with the mixing process and final touches taken care of by her newfound friend, Finnish producer Jaani Peuhu. That initial collaboration would ultimately lead to an intense work period for co-producing and finalizing Kati Rán’s full-length album ‘SÁLA’ (Old Norse for both ‘Sea’ and ‘Soul’) with the intent to create something lastingly beautiful, capitative, and personal.

With the long-awaited full-length album ‘SÁLA’ (2024) Kati Rán establishes her artistry in full and offers us a 13-track album filled to the brim with songs containing her poetry and personal reflections, Nordic mythology and the wisdom that still course through them and songs that are crowned by collaborations with several renowned guest artists. SÁLA presents a deeply rooted connection to the historic landscape of the North, through the lens of a feminine point of view. Kati Rán’s new album SÁLA (2024) is dedicated to the theme of the nine, sea-personifying daughters of Ægir and Rán and embodies the echoes of voices of various female skalds and characters, with völva performances, angry valkyries, and prophesizing seers to enliven the stories of Old from Nordic literature and other, more personal sources, as well as mythologizing our own journey through life and Kati’s personal story and poetry to share with the world.

Kati Ran SÁLA Album Cover

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“SÁLA”

out May 24, 2024, via Svart Records

The year 2024 marks a lot of new music releases by Kati Rán. The poems, lyrics, textual research ‘brick stones’, and demos for SÁLA were collected and written gradually by Kati Rán over many years before the full production of the album and the final shape of its songs.
Opening the floodgates to SÁLA happens on February 22nd with the release of its first single release STONE PILLARS.
Stone Pillars features backing vocals by her “male backing choir” Kristian Eivind Espedal ‘Gaahl’ (Gaahl’s Wyrd, Trelldom), Jaani Peuhu (IANAI, Hallatar, Swallow the Sun) and Mitch Harris (Napalm Death, Menace), the Icelandic female choir ensemble UMBRA, as well as the recordings Kati Rán made locally with the resurrected lava stone marimba sound, placed in a barn in Húsafell in Iceland, together with its maker, the sculptor, painter and musician Páll Guðmundsson.

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