Osi and the Jupiter are stoked to unveil their new record Nordlige Rúnaskog, out November 29 via Eisenwald. You can hear it here first!
Osi and the Jupiter hail from the wheat-and-rust landscape of Ohio along the Cuyahoga River, which altogether might be surprising given the band’s sound: austere, awe-inspiring pagan folk that spans a vast expanse of atmospheres, textures, and dynamics. From their birth in 2015, the focus of this largely instrumental project has been on the spiritual connection between nature and the will of the old gods. Channeled through various representations of life, death, and rebirth, this connection speaks through these musical creations, resonating as wordless tributes to these nebulous-yet-fundamental concepts.
Helmed by vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Sean Kratz, Osi and the Jupiter first emerged from their cocoon in 2016 with the debut album Halls of the Wolf. Led by the ever-poignant, goosebump-inducing cello work of co-conspirator Kakophonix, the album set forth the band’s aesthetic, which would come to even fuller fruition the next year with Uthuling Hyl, released by current label home Eisenwald. Not surprisingly, Uthuling Hyl became many people’s introduction to Osi and the Jupiter, and garnered the group favorable comparisons to Warduna, Forndom, Of the Wand and the Moon, Sonne Hagal, and Vàli among others—esteemed company, to be sure.