Mjötviður Mær

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Mjötviður Mær
Studio album by Þeyr
Released 1981
Genre New wave
Length 32:38
Label Eskvímó
Cat. No.: ESQ 2
Producer Þeyr and Tony Cook
Þeyr chronology
Iður til Fóta
(1981)
Mjötviður Mær'
(1981)
As Above...
(1982)

Mjötviður Mær, released in 1981, was the second album by Icelandic new wave/rock group Þeyr. It was edited through Eskvímó in 12” vinyl.

Mjötviður Mær was Þeyr's most important work, according to the media. Formed by 12 songs, "Iss", "Þeir" and "2999" could be deemed as attempts to create a futuristic pop style thanks to voice distortions, keyboards and additional rhythm. “Úlfur” is a track that outstands due to its angry mood and thus became into one of the most famous.
Also important are, “Mjötviður”, an instrumental track and “Rúdolf”, a song loaded with rock anger and constitute an antifascist lampoon of Adolf Hitler.

This record was never reissued. However, some of its recordings appeared in Mjötviður til Fóta (2001), a special release to commemorate the 20 anniversary of Þeyr's reincarnation. This CD also featured recordings from the single Iður til Fóta (1981).

Cover design and inserts[edit]

This album and their second work, As Above... had both exactly the same front covers, the only difference was the title. The image cover depicted a pentagram with the naked drummer inside it. It is a symbol that represents the interest in magic that their members had, and it is also a representation of the five-member band, and the perfect proportions of the human being, as defined by Leonardo da Vinci's Vitruvian Man.
The background photograph portrayed Keilir, a cone-shaped mountain located at the outskirts of Reykjavík and which is believed to have magic powers. The road shown on the image is Suðurgata.
This image is accompanied by runic writings which were taken from Völuspá.

The title refers to Scandinavian mythology, where the word Mjötviður, also known as Yggdrasil, means The Tree of Destiny, whose roots penetrate the three Underworld wells, and whose branches and foliage stretch throughout the whole Universe. The word Mær means Fair or Good.

The inserts of this album contain the lyrics to the songs and also feature several images related to magic and mathematics. Drawings of Pythagoras taken from Theorica Musica, by F. Gaffurio, represent the discovery of numeric relationships between harmonic sounds, known as Pythagorean tuning (see drawings). This is also complemented by other illustrations such as fragments of music writings from Alexander Scriabin’s Piano Sonata No. 3 in F sharp minor, Op. 23, engravings by Theodor de Bry from Robert Fludd's Utriusque Cosmi, and several pentagram illustrations, including Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa's pentagram taken from Three Books of Occult Philosophy which represents the golden symmetry of the human body. Other symbols featured are images of the Yggdrasil, drawings from Ancient Egypt, and satanic symbols, among others.

Track listing[edit]

Track Title Length Lyrics Mp3
Side A
01 Úlfur 02:03 - -
02 Iss 03:12 - -
03 Current 03:15 - -
04 2999 02:00 - -
05 Mjötviður 02:55 - -
06 Ópið 03:00 - -
Side B
01 Þeir 03:35 - -
02 Rúdolf 02:53 - -
03 Never Suck (on Fun-Days) 02:40 - -
04 Það er Nóg 02:28 - -
05 Hva-Than 03:07 - -
06 Ónefnt 02:50 - -

Track notes[edit]

  • ”2999” is the same as “Technologos” in As Above... (1982).
  • The tracks translate to English as 1. Wolf, 2. Duh! 3. Current, 4. 2999, 5. World Tree, 6. The Shout, 7.They, 8. Rudolf, 9. Never Suck, 10. That is Enough, 11. Hva-Than, 12. Unnamed.

Credits[edit]

Tracks:
1: Music: Þeyr. Lyrics: Magnús Guðmundsson.
2: Music: Hilmar Örn Agnarsson. Lyrics: Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson.
3: Music: Hilmar Örn Agnarsson. Lyrics: Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson.
4: Music and lyrics: Þorsteinn Magnússon.
5: Music: Þeyr.
6: Music and lyrics: Þorsteinn Magnússon.

7: Music: Hilmar Örn Agnarsson. Lyrics: Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson.
8: Music: Magnús Guðmundsson. Lyrics: Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson.
9: Music: Þeyr.
10: Music: Hilmar Örn Agnarsson. Lyrics: Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson.
11: Music and lyrics: Þorsteinn Magnússon.
12: Music and lyrics: Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson.

Characters on the record label: Sigga Vala.
Album, design and the wolf logo featured on the record label: Robert Guillemette.
Photographs: Gunnar Vilhelmsson.

Acknowledgement: Eyjólfur and Jóhannes Vestdal.

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