RavenSaga is a neofolk duo based in the United Kingdom. While their music is in line with modern neofolk artists, they also incorporate elements of neoclassical, dark wave and folk into their music to make it a blend that is quite unforgettable.
The Shadowdweller is a single song that runs for about 6 minutes. It is based around a gorgeous, ethereal piano melody that in its entirety, switches moods more times than I can count. If you just focus on the piano and nothing else, the minute you feel happy, a melancholic chord structure is utilized, making it a roller coaster of a song. The amount of emotion drawn out by just the instrumentation is incredible alone but when you add in the vocals, you get an even bigger tidal wave of emotions and feelings that rush over you. The lyrics tell the sad tale of inner darkness consuming oneself. The struggles of inner conflict are overpowering and all one can do is wish to see the light shining through the darkness. After a while, all that seems feasible is death itself, and you hope and pray it comes and takes you away. It is a dark and depressing story that is contradicted by the joyous sounding vocals, which is far from a bad thing. The sorrow and joy felt simultaneously is quite satisfying and exciting.
RavenSaga will be releasing a full demo soon, the exact date has yet to be announced. I hope to hear it soon, as I am loving the message of the band and the sound of their music as a whole. It sounds like something that would be playing in an old mansion on a vintage phonograph, giving it a sense of class and elegance. Overall, RavenSaga is a promising project and once the demo is released, I hope to be able to review it!