MYRKUR is a one-woman black metal slash dark folk project by the Danish singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Amalie Bruun. Just a couple of days ago, MYRKUR broke the news to their fans about a new album, Mareridt (nightmare), to be released on September 15th, 2017. Mareridt will be the first release since MYRKUR’s album M in 2015 (read Katie’s thoughts on M here).
Though the word “myrkur” means “darkness” in Icelandic, Bruun’s music encompasses far more than just that one dimension of music: with its distinct sense of Nordic isolation, MYRKUR is a definitively brutal creation, yet also a delicate and feminine one. Choral and folk elements abound, lending the music a mystical, legendary quality and an untouchable equilibrium between dark and light. MYRKUR’s influences range from nature to traditional Scandinavian folklore to Norse mythology and far beyond. Bruun elaborates, “I always dreamed about becoming a Huldra, an Elver girl, a Valkyrie, the goddess Freja. These powerful women in Norse Mythology have an element of beauty and mystique, but they are also deadly.” Source: www.myrkurmusic.com
I must admit I am new to this music project, and the song “Måneblôt”, the debut single from the upcoming album, is the first MYRKUR song I have ever listened to. And it’s a blast! It’s a blend of classic black metal and (dark) folk, of forceful screaming and ethereal vocals, of electric guitars and traditional acoustic instruments, of an atmosphere clear as the night sky and mysterious as the Scandinavian woods. It’s music full of contrasts that come together in unison.
“Mareridt is a rich juxtaposition of the dark and the light; the moon and the mother earth; the witch and the saint. MYRKUR explores deeper into the mysterious and the feminine with 11 tracks that further progress her visionary blend of metal with gorgeous, stirring melodies, dark folk passages, choral arrangements and superb, horrific beauty. Further taking MYRKUR to new artistic heights are lyrics in multiple languages, an unforgettable collaboration with Chelsea Wolfe and an array of special instrumentation including violin, mandola, folk drums, nyckelharpa (an ancient Swedish key harp), and Kulning (an ancient Scandinavian herding call). Mareridt is a profound manifestation of nightmares that demonstrates MYRKUR as one of the truly exceptional artists of our time. “ Source: Relapse Records
I am feverishly awaiting Mareridt already, and will surely pass the time until its release exploring MYRKUR’s previous releases.
Check out the album trailer for Mareridt and the single “Måneblôt “ on YouTube:
~ Lisa v. D.