Photo: Simen Løvgren 

Norwegian singer-songwriter Ingvild Koksvik conjures evocative soundscapes that help the listener tune in to the searching serenity within us all. The purity of her voice has a clarity that lifts everyday stress. Haunting and atmospheric, Ingvild’s songs distills the tranquil solitude and majesty of her home in Farsund, on the windswept Lista peninsula, into a very Norwegian soul. “The wind is almost always blowing, and the sea is sometimes kind, sometimes dangerous; there are hundreds of shipwrecks around the coast here.” she says. “I think living here affects the way I make music, and my sound.” 

Ingvild’s most personal music yet, Og sangen kom fra havet, follows her debut album devoted to the works of Norwegian poet Rolf Jacobsen. Nattåpent’s airy singing and ancient folk instrumentation captured the fragile emotions of Jacobsen’s verse, with Ingvild’s own limpid intensity. 

With Songs From the Deepest Sea EP, Ingvild’s poetic, pagan Nordic soul can at last be understood by English-speaking admirers. While visiting New York to record her fourth LP, at Studio G Brooklyn, the Norwegian avant-folk singer-songwriter finally felt free to translate and re-interpret three album tracks from her domestic release of the same name, Og sangen kom fra havet. For the recording sessions, she teamed up with the legendary avant-garde guitarist Marc Ribot (Tom Waits, Elvis Costello) and multiple Grammy-nominated producer Joel Hamilton (Highly Suspect, The Black Keys). 

The 3-track EP starts off with the evocative “Song from the Deepest Sea”. The intermingling of love, beauty and pain runs through the doomed summer passion of “Something Better,” between lovers who soon turn restless. The lyrical “Mathilde’s Lullaby,” tells the local legend of a sailor’s widow with twelve children. Against lethal currents, in her fragile boat, she rowed to a distant market to sell the daffodils she grew and feed her family. Today, centuries later, the yellow flowers still bloom where she once lived.