Icelandic post-punk trio KÆLAN MIKLA have debuted the video for their track Draumadís via CVLT Nation, and yesterday kicked off a month of European shows. Draumadís is taken from their 2018 album, Nótt eftir nótt which was released via Artoffact Records (order here)
Last night the critically acclaimed three-piece kicked off a European tour in Berlin which will run through until March 1. Support on all dates comes from Some Ember. Full dates are below.
Nótt eftir nótt is KÆLAN MIKLA at their most confident – and their most deadly. It’s been five years since Margrét Rósa, Laufey Soffia, and Sólveig Matthildur formed the band in Reykjavík, and after several successful tours and having dominated high-profiles stages, as well as releasing two critically-acclaimed albums, KÆLAN MIKLA has truly brought their A-game.
Starting off quietly with a creepy, gothed-out and ethereal intro, Nótt eftir nótt erupts with post-punk brilliance and synthlines that harken back to the bad old days of the Batcave, big hair, and Egyptian-inspired eye-liner. Tracks like Hvernig kemst ég upp?fuse melody withmelancholy, while the band goes for the big goth dance number on Skuggadans, succeeding with glorious ease. Near the end of Nótt eftir nótt, when you’ve already ingested a healthy dose of Diamanda Galas meets The Birthday Party, the title track, produced by popular Icelandic electronic wizard Bang Gang, is a perfect distillation of KÆLAN MIKLA in 2018.
Although their lyrics are written and performed in their native Icelandic, they add a vivid and clear layer to the message of Nótt eftir nótt. Listeners are beckoned into a world of nightmares crossed with fairy tales, moonlit landscapes, and hypnotic shadows. KÆLAN MIKLA are set to take their place amongst the darkest aural poets on the world stage.
“After triumphant sets at Roadburn 2018 and at the Robert Smith–curated Meltdown festival, Kælen Mikla are ready to offer up their debut full-length of searing post-punk/darkwave to the world… The Icelandic trio manages to conjure shadowy influences ranging from Clan of Xymox to the Cure to Tubeway Army on their forthcoming Nótt eftir nótt LP. It’s a must for fans of dark music.”
“Iceland’s Kælan Mikla… Raw punk but with a defining, dark, synth dancefloor vibe.”
–Scene Point Blank
Nótt eftir nótt track list
3. Hvernig kemst ég upp?
8. Nótt eftir nótt
9. Dáið er allt án drauma
KÆLAN MIKLA will be performing at the following dates:
EU/UK tour 2019:
(with Some Ember):
January 31 SE Malmo Plan B
February 01 SE Gothenborg Musikens Hus
February 02 SE Stockholm Kraken
February 03 DK Copenhagen Hotel Cecil
February 04 DE Hamburg Rote Flora
February 05 DE Köln Blue Shell
February 07 AT Linz Kapu
February 08 ITA Verona Kroen
February 09 ITA Milano Cox18
February 10 FR Lyon Sonic
February 11 ES Barcelona Meteoro
February 12 ES Madrid Wurlitzer Ballroom
February 13 ES Bilbao Kutxa Beltza
February 14 FR Bordeaux IBOAT
February 15 FR Paris Black Star
February 16 BE Bruxelles Botanique
February 17 UK Bristol Crofters
February 19 UK London Electrowerkz
February 20 FR Lille Le Malterie
February 21 FR Metz La Douche Froide
February 22 CH Bremgarten KuZeB
February 23 DE Mannheim Schatten über Mannheim
February 24 DE Munich Milla Club
February 25 SK Bratislava Kulturak Klub
February 26 HU Budapest Robot
February 27 AT Wien Kramladen
March 01 PL Krakow Kub RE
Toronto-based Artoffact Records released Nótt eftir nótt on CD, vinyl, and digital formats. Order here.