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LISTEN: ‘Assassin’s Creed Valhalla’ Composer Einar Selvik on Lakeshore Podcast

Everyone is pumped about Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, out now, and I’d like to emphasize the compelling music in the game. The composers — Jesper Kyd, Sarah Schachner, and Einar Selvik — have put together more than 120 minutes of engaging melodies and soundscapes that complement the extraordinary world-building the game’s designers have unleashed unto the world. Today, Vehlinggo proudly premieres the latest episode of Lakeshore Records’ On Cue With… podcast episode, featuring an interview with Selvik, a lauded musician from Norway.

On Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Selvik, who specializes in ancient Nordic music and spearheads the renowned folk/world band Wardruna, provides evocative and striking songs to the game. (Selvik and Wardruna have contributed extensively on the soundtrack and music for History Channel´s TV series Vikings, where he also appeared in two episodes as a singer.)

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is such a massive game, and it has been such a pleasure to be part of the musical team that set out to fill that enormous space with sounds that could potentially bring the player even more into the theme and time of the game,” Selvik said in a statement recently. “This compilation album is a good introduction to the musical landscapes of the game and gives a taste of the atmosphere of the game itself!”

Go ahead and dive into the On Cue With… interview, hosted by Lakeshore’s Alon Levitan.

Stream and/or download the full Assassin’s Creed Valhalla — Original Game Soundtrack here. Lakeshore Records, in conjunction with Ubisoft, released the 47-track album digitally earlier this month.

On Dec. 4, Lakeshore and Ubisoft will also release a Valhalla-related solo album from Selvik entitled Assassin’s Creed Valhalla: The Wave of Giants. On it, Selvik shares 10 evocative tracks steeped in Nordic musical traditions that further enliven the authentic ethnography of the Viking culture in the game. Presave it here.

Selvik says of the solo album: “Wave of Giants is an old Norse poetic metaphor meaning “poetry” that refers to the myth when the god Odin stole the mead of poetry from Kvasir the Jotun/giant. The title felt very appropriate since much of my efforts on Assassin’s Creed Valhalla have been about giving voice to the Skalds and the poetic traditions that once laid at the heart of the Norse culture. New, as well as existing Old Norse poetry accompanied by ancient Norse and Nordic instruments, tonalities and rhythms — both the format of minimalistic and unpolished live-in-studio recordings, as well as fully produced pieces more similar to the soundscape of Wardruna. This album gives a good taste of my work in the game, as well as a feel for the game itself!”

Courtesy of Lakeshore Records and Ubisoft.

About Assassin’s Creed Valhalla

In Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, players can take advantage of new features inspired by the Viking Culture, including raids, assaults, growing their settlement, building their power, and expanding their influence. Players must carve out a new future for their clan, reliving the ruthless fighting style of Viking warriors with a renewed combat system that includes the ability to dual-wield weapons against a greater variety of enemies than ever before.

Since it first launched in 2007, the Assassin’s Creed series has sold more than 140 million games worldwide. The franchise is now established as one of the best-selling series in video game history. Recognized for having some of the richest, most engrossing storytelling in the industry, Assassin’s Creed transcends video games, branching out into numerous other entertainment media.

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is out now on your favorite consoles and platforms.

Lakeshore Records has also released soundtracks to Drive, Mr. Robot, Stranger Things, The Old Guard, I Am Not Your Negro, The Wolf of Snow Hollow, Halt and Catch Fire, and Possessor, among so many others.

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