The Icelandic band KVIKA (English: magma) is releasing their third album today, 10.6.2021. It's called "The River".
The origin of the name comes from three different sources:
1) A reference to two of the songs from the album,
2) The river Vistula in Krakow where some of the songs were composed and
3) The final recordings in a holiday home by the river Blanda in Iceland. It can be said that the name merged into one river from three brooks.
The concept of time as a flowing river has been on Gudni´s Thor, lyricist of the band, mind for a long time - the unstoppable stream of time. It so happens that this idea flowed into two songs - "The River" and "The Arrow of Time".
In the summer of 2019, the band's songwriters, Gudni Thor and Tumi, travelled to Poland specifically to Katowice and Krakow. Several songs were written there and ideas piled upon previous ideas. They were inspired to write the song "The River" while walking along the river Vistula, which is one of the main characteristics of Krakow.
The inspiration for the song "Valentine" came to them as they walked through the gardens surrounding the huge square Rynek Glowny, which is the largest square in Europe. The song is about the romance, excitement and daydreams of strangers walking through the gardens.
It is interesting to note that one of the seven songs on the album is called "Streets of Warsaw", but the previous year Gudni Thor had travelled there and written the song during the stay. It is therefore true to say that KVIKA drew considerable inspiration from Poland.
We must not forget the very artistic city of Katowice, where pieces of songs and lyrics were created. The final recordings took place during a week-long stay in a summer cottage by the river Blanda in Iceland and the band was inspired by the beautiful river. There it became clear what the name of the album should be.
Here is the band KVIKA on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kvikamusic