Norwegian artist, Tuva Hellum Marschhäuser, is an intricate conductor of magic, bridging the ethereal and human world, which only touch the surface for Tuvaband’s latest single, “I Entered The Void.” Introducing Tuva’s new realm, and thematic direction of sounds to be enjoyed on her forthcoming album of the same name, the single is masterfully crafted and cradled with an intimate tone of hurt, it cannot be overlooked in the silence.
Featuring Tobias Pfeil (guitar and bass), Håkon Brunborg Kjenstad (synthesizer) and Ole Mofjell (drums), “I Entered The Void” couldn’t reach its full peak without the stirring instrumentation and post-rock immersion. Scored to Tuva’s fluid vocals — which shudder on certain notes, tugging softly during times of reflection and scathing near aggressive thoughts — somehow fills in the empty space Tuva enters. “Her guts leaked, I was the retainer,” confesses Tuva and there is yet another layer of bitter-sweetness that swallows a listener willingly.
It’s the type of track that plays on repeat to the montage of stills of your life; beautiful but completed. Tuva’s dual tone teeters with reprimanded strength, played through its delicate nature, as layered time is masterfully executed and questioned just the same: “Just in time, nothing’s destroyed / Should I be worried Freud?”
Marius Mathisrud’s visual heightens the unknown of the track. Elevated color temperatures raises the grainy visual that features Tuva in limbo. An entourage of mirrored humans dismantle and drain Tuva in the sci-fi portrayal. Once again pulling from the constant line of questioning, each character speaks to the myriad of philosophies — what we see is simply a reflection of ourselves, which is haunting for this author to type.
“‘I Entered The Void’ is about realizing that you feel like an overflowing container of the emotions of others. And then what it feels like when the container suddenly becomes empty,” says Tuva. “It’s a song about getting lost in a void. This song was the first song I wrote for this album.”
Bewitching in every aspect, Tuva curates an immersive atmosphere that stabs each sense. Each vivid lines reads as a journal entry and sparks a line of distorted, personal lyricism that can unassumingly be expected on the new album.
Tuvaband’s forthcoming long-player is set for release on November 27 and is released digitally, and on vinyl, both via Brilliance Records.
Cover photo: Øystein Grutle Haara