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released November 3, 2014

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The NORTH Project London, UK

Traditional melodies from Sweden, Norway and Iceland reworked and reinterpreted to evoke the beauty of nature.

With new lyrics in English about nature, written by the project’s creator MaJiKer, each track features a different vocalist or group with layers of choral harmony, vocal samples & human beatbox.

All profits go to Naturskyddsföreningen, the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation.
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Track Name: The NORTH Project & Mélissa Laveaux - Rivers & Streams (Om alla berg och backar)
RIVERS & STREAMS (Om alla berg och backar)


Lyrics by MaJiKer


The water of my back is floating like a bird
Forever flowing from the mountain
No frosty winter kiss
No stone in the world
Can stop the stream or freeze the fountain

We rush and gush as one, her daughters and her sons
Across the land her line grows longer
With rain in our blood
We feast on the flood
Together we shall make her stronger

We leap and sweep and hop, we flow and never stop
The ocean calls for us, we hear her
To join the distant sea
Is our destiny
And every second draws her nearer
Track Name: The NORTH Project & Helgi Jónsson - Standing Stones (Kall sat undir kletti)
STANDING STONES (Kall sat undir kletti)


Lyrics by MaJiKer




Carve us out of this country
Our contours shimmer in stone
Our history screams through centuries
It sculpts our skin and bone
Our history screams through centuries
It sculpts our skin and bone

Hauled up high, held firmly
Here our view's so clear
Who looks upon our family
Will turn and run in fear
Who looks upon our family
Will turn and run in fear

See these spirits we're calling
Hear them sing in our chest
They'll gather harvest quickly
Then lead our souls to rest
They'll gather harvest quickly and
They lead our souls to rest
Track Name: The NORTH Project & Gaggle - Earth (Krummavísur)
EARTH (Krummavísur)

Lyrics by MaJiKer




Crumbs of earth in clattering ground
Coiled in vitro, knotted round
Feathered marks of memory
Feathered marks of memory

Furrow deep in fertile land
Far beneath with dredging hands
Under stone and story
Under stone and story

Out of frost's intrusive claw
Excavate with strain and saw
Svelte and melting deeper
Svelte and melting deeper

In through holes where humans fell
Hammer, fracture, bone and shell
Scrape and scrambling fever
Scrape and scrambling fever

History packed in icy earth
Echoes in these holes have birthed
Fable and folklore fading
Fable and folklore fading

Unleash plates, uproot and bore
Out this country's fevered core
Crust now ripe for raiding
Crust now ripe for raiding

Sand and silt, we slide below
Soil our feast where gardens grow
Fur and fir trees feeding
Fur and fir trees feeding

Crunch-crunch night is crumbling near
Crush-crush fears buried here
Grass-filled clouds are sinking
Grass-filled clouds are sinking

Track Name: The NORTH Project & Unnur Andrea - Geysir (Sofðu unga ástin mín)
GEYSIR (Sofðu, unga ástin mín)

Lyrics by MaJiKer




Soft and hungry, outside in
Waiting rain inside her
Murmuring ground, once cold and thin
Golden light unveils her skin
Crystal and empty
Watch the storm ignite her

Though her melting mouth awaits
Time must halt her hunger
Waters bleed through sand and slate
'Neath the ground they undulate
Yearning to burn
The day she wakes from slumber

Soft no longer, seething hot
Pressed, suppressed and drunken
Made from tides the moon forgot
Breath of steam and lips of rock
Memory lays a kiss
On spirits sunken

Track Name: The NORTH Project & Sam Lee - Pines (Ingen vinner frem til den evige ro)
PINES (Ingen vinner frem til den evige ro)


Lyrics by MaJiKer



In the valley's glen here we evergreens grow
Some say this veil keeps us stronger
Shielded from our roots
Seasons come seasons go
Who'll live from soil meets no hunger

Patterned coils of string
Conveyed in raven's mouth
Dark cones from the north will
Open when we're south
Sheltered we fall 'tween where
Frail mud has cracked
Under this dim flickering winter

Men in their hundreds make shells of this meat
Sated by needles they plunder
Treading ancient ground
Here they stand at our feet
Purging our bristles asunder

Inky veins they gauge, our oil to extract
Darksome drink they swill,
Our fragrant resin sapped
Hard bark will seethe ‘til the dawn of the day
Greed gains his graft here no longer

In the valley's glen here we evergreens grow
Some say this veil keeps us stronger
Who'll live from soil meets no hunger
Under this dim flickering winter
Track Name: The NORTH Project & Isabel Sörling - Mountains (Jag blåste i min pipa)
MOUNTAINS (Jag blåste i min pipa)

Lyrics by MaJiKer


With bluster we sing steeper
Still calling up and down this land
Our hilltop echoes leap up
Eternally we chant

When gone the mountain's caller
Old slopes can hold this token
We shout and warn of danger
Enshrined in nature's root

Track Name: The NORTH Project & Rosa Rebecka - Snow (Bytt-Lasses Brudmarsch)
SNOW (Bytt-Lasses Brudmarsch)


Lyrics by MaJiKer


Pale as a bride's diamond dress
As the winter brings a union 'tween the earth and sky this veil
Will conceal and suppress
He is listening and glistening in her cold caress

White as the skies' milky clouds
Now the air is softly swirling with the endless flakes of light
As they fall with no sound
Gliding intricate and infinite, smothering the ground

From the mountain's peak to the plain
Only memories of this land remain
All he was is lost, nature's cost
He's enveloped in her velvet skin, sealed inside the frost

From the valley's heart to the hills
Every inch of her lies soft and still
Holding him below, won't let go
He is bound beneath her silken sheets, sleeping under snow
Track Name: The NORTH Project & Indi Kaur - Frozen Lakes (Långdans från Sollerön)
FROZEN LAKES (Långdans från Sollerön)


Lyrics by MaJiKer



So thin this skin, we are frozen
Waiting for the thaw to come
We'll cling ‘til spring is awoken
Waiting for the thaw

Can't blink, can't drink, we are frozen
Waiting for the thaw to come
We think in sync, slow motion
Waiting for the thaw

In cold we hold our breath
Caught inside winter's freeze-frame
Buried in the chill
In deep and sleepless death
Paralysed, we are prisoners
Sentenced to be still

Pulled down and bound, we are frozen
Longing for the sun to rise
Deaf, dumb and numb, never broken
Longing for the sun

Trapped under, stunned, we are frozen
Longing for the sun to rise
Each sound is drowned, never spoken,
Longing for the sun

In cold we hold our breath
Caught inside winter's freeze-frame
Buried in the chill
In deep and sleepless death
Paralysed, we are prisoners
Sentenced to be still
Track Name: The NORTH Project & Jennie Abrahamson - Melting Lakes (Gärdebylåten)
MELTING LAKES (Gärdebylåten)


Lyrics by MaJiKer


Hear the silence swirl and sway, we are melting
Stillness slides away, we are melting
Mouths that could not move break free to sing
The coming of the spring
See the surface bleed and flow, we are melting
Freed, these reeds shall grow, we are melting
Eyes that saw no light now watch us bring in
The coming of the spring

We're alive
Thriving where waters walking free,
Where the trees are talking
Born again, we've worn these chains away
With every golden ray
We're alive, diving in new sensation
Free from our hibernation
Smash the ice and splash this vice away
With the dawning of the day

Growing warmer every day
As our prison melts away

Track Name: The NORTH Project & Thea Hjelmeland - Birds (Reven sat i seter)
BIRDS (Reven sat i seter)

Lyrics by MaJiKer



Ravens sit in silence
Over lands of violence
Kingdoms made from ice-kissed hands
Sing of songs from forgotten lands
Remembered

Night and day we scour the sky
O'er boundaries made for breaking
The dreams of man are shaking

The lives you've lost
on a lifeless stone
Are nothing more
than skin on bone

Your wars
like waves
in the waters
Our waters
Track Name: The NORTH Project & Ólöf Sverrisdóttir - Caves (Móðir mín í kví, kví)
CAVES (Móðir mín í kví, kví)

Lyrics by MaJiKer



Move no closer, flee, flee
Leave turn back run free, free
Each step leads you darker and deeper
Down with the demons dancing free
Each step leads you darker and deeper
Darker and deeper with souls like me

Mouths like mine must feed, feed
Whispered echoes plead and plead
Craving life, we draw ever nearer
Born under here where memories bleed
Rays of light are dying in here,
We're daring you near, so that death may breed.

Track Name: The NORTH Project & David Thomas Broughton - Volcano (Ó min flaskan friða)
VOLCANO (Ó min flaskan friða)

Lyrics by MaJiKer



No mean frost can freeze her

Flesh of fire has seized her

Thrusted far from winter

Fear and flame won't miss her

Mounds of magma kiss her

Mould her thin thin thin

Molten skin skin skin

Mould her thin from molten skin

Man can never resist her

Track Name: The NORTH Project & Allyson Ezell - Pollen (Vindarna sucka uti skogarna)
POLLEN (Vindarna sucka uti skogarna)

Lyrics by MaJiKer



Winds wander seek us out and scatter us
Forsaken breezes summon travellers
Falling in summer's rapture
Falling in summer's rapture
Summer has snatched us from 
Cold's silvery hand

Veiled morning glimmers 
Mingling here with us
Youthful and tender, floating fearless
Flowers of calm uproot us
Flowers of calm uproot us
Flowering shoots us out to northern land

Lightsome we sail in summer's nebula
Languid, this wind of spores's a smuggler
Follow where roaming lead us
Follow where gloaming lead us
Finally flung to where we silently fell
Track Name: The NORTH Project & China Moses - Storm Clouds (Det står ett träd på min faders gård)
STORM CLOUDS (Det står ett träd på min faders gård)

Lyrics by MaJiKer



The stormy trail draws in overhead
Its shadow creeping ever nearer
When endless grey fills the greenest land
It's hazy warning's ever clearer

Run for cover from the dark again
Crackling flickers of a spark and then
Hail's starting to fall, a shower of stone
Will bruise the gold of day to silver

Run for cover from the dark again
Crackling flickers of a spark and then
Hell's fury impends, no man or charm
Can heal the heavens from this fever

A murmur of drums is gambolling west
The air is thick and suffocating
For now the summer's day is all suppressed
The sky is blackening, light is fading

Run for cover from the dark again
Crackling flickers of a spark and then
Hail's starting to fall, a shower of stone
Will bruise the gold of day to silver

Run for cover from the dark again
Crackling flickers of a spark and then
Hell's fury impends, no man or charm
Can heal the heavens from this fever
Track Name: The NORTH Project & juice vocal ensemble - Rocks of Ritual (Näckens polska)
ROCKS OF RITUAL (Näckens polska)

Lyrics by MaJiKer




In the forest, where the shadows steal the light of day
Feel your flesh decay
In the darkness, rotten roots are chains to pull you down
In the filthy ground
See the circle form a cage to keep you in
Rocks of ritual let the ceremony begin
Twisting down, branches made of bones
And yours the name they're carving on the stones
It's yours the name they're carving on the stones


In the moonlight falling pins and needles made of pine
Nestle in your spine
In the twilight bark is bleeding on the pagan pyre
Sparking up the fire
Sacred spirits spiral deep into the soil
Mourn your memories from beyond this mortal coil
Twisting down, branches made of bones
And yours the name they're carving on the stones
It's yours the name they're carving on the stones
Track Name: The NORTH Project & Ellekari Sander - Tide (Den dag kjem aldri)
TIDE (Den dag kjem aldri)

Lyrics by MaJiKer




The darkest hour by the rocks that glimmer
Forgotten stars in the ocean shimmer
The night is dead, who alone lies there?
A ghost who floats in the moonlit air
A ghost who floats in the moonlit air

No light to cling to, no waves can wake her
She'll lay her head where the night will take her
And still she mouths, "come and follow me,
our skulls will glide on the salty sea
our skulls will glide on the salty sea"

The veil of night fell and left her under
Her tears were drowned by the roar of thunder
No sight of boats 'til the storm was through
Her wreck ashore gleamed with morning dew
Her wreck ashore gleamed with morning dew