The stories behind the songs: Lord Vicar’s “A Woman Out of Snow”

Here’s a video of Kimi Kärki performing at the Doom Over Scania festival a coupla months ago. Lord Vicar were booked to play, but three of their members got sick while in London (some sort of sorcery, no doubt), and so generous Kimi “offered” to play a solo gig instead.

They wouldn’t have him otherwise.

Before he launches into this masterpiece of modern folk, Kimi relates the story behind the song, the full band version of which will feature on Lord Vicar’s forthcoming album “The Gates of Flesh”.

Four things we learned from this video:

1. Kimi rips off Amorphis for lyrical subject matter. But he attributes it to their common ancestry and his extensive knowledge of the Kalevala. Probably.

2. Albert Witchfinder has copulated with frozen water. We could feign surprise, but we can’t be bothered.

3. No one sings the lyrics along with poor, poor Kimi. Of course, one could claim that this is due to the album not being out yet, but go ahead and check out other videos of Kimi playing “solo” and let us know if you find one with audience participation.

4. Kimi closes his eyes while he sings, but opens them in order to hit those difficult harmonics at the end. Oh well. Once an emotional virtuoso, always an emotional virtuoso.

Enjoy the video, and join us again once the album is released. Ho ho ho.

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