Today MYRKUR’s Amalie Bruun has shared a third and final pre-release track from her forthcoming album, Folkesange which is set for release on March 20th via Relapse Records.
Myrkur has always carved her own path and challenged underground preconceptions of heavy genres. Soon after newfound motherhood, Bruun sets out on a journey into the very heart of the Scandinavian culture that marked her own childhood. On Folkesange she relinquishes black metal for a refined yet far-reaching evocation of traditional folk, combining songs ancient and new to sublimely resonant effect.
Following previous singles “Ella“ and “Leaves of Yggdrasil,” today she presents a third glimpse with “Gudernes Vilje,” a Danish term which translates as “The Will of the Gods”. She explains, saying: “I wrote this song about being given the biggest gift in life and then having it taken away from you. ‘Alt går som Gudernes Vilje’ means Everything goes according to the will of the Gods. We are only human and some of the biggest most important things in this life, are completely out of our control.”
On Myrkur‘s first two full-length studio albums (2015’s M and 2017’s Mareridt), she recast black metal in the most personal yet expansive of terms, their blending of Bruun‘s Danish folk roots with tempestuous internal struggles breathing new life into a subgenre whose followers can be rigidly possessive.
After the nightmare-induced visions that wrought themselves throughout 2017’s immensely acclaimed Mareridt,Folkesange offers an emotional sanctuary, a means to reconnect to something permanent and nature-aligned. It’s an awareness that’s become deeply bound to the album’s organic, regenerative spirit.
Storytelling, rites of passage, and the invocation of a continuity that passes through time and generation are all part of folk music’s tapestry, and Folkesange taps into all these currents in their most essential form. In part a purist’s approach to the genre, free from over-interpretation and fusion, the use of Kulning (an ancient Scandinavian herding call) and traditional instruments throughout, such as nyckelharpa, lyre and mandola offer a deeper, more tactile connection to their source, an unbroken line of communication back to the past.
But the album is no museum piece; it resonates in the here and now, aided by the spacious production of Heilung member and musical collaborator Christopher Juul. Cinematic yet intimate, Folkesange exists in a state of boundless reverie, bourne by string-led drones, cyclical, elegiac rhythms and Bruun‘s frictionless voice, all carrier signals for deep-rooted, ancestral memories, and associations felt on an elemental level.
An immersive experience in its own right, but also belonging to a wider, pagan folk-based renaissance that has attracted a devoted following worldwide, Folkesange’answers a need that has become ever more pressing in turbulent times. A zeroing in on a resonance that is both intrinsic and enduring, it’s a rediscovery of personal grounding, and an experience that reaches beyond culture to remind us of a shared, deeply rooted inheritance. A tuning fork that binds the personal and the universal, Folkesange is a reminder that the most transcendent experiences are those closest to home.
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Folkesange sees its release March 20, 2020 via Relapse.
There will be several limited deluxe vinyl versions available.
For more info and to pre-order, go here
March 20, 2020
Myrkur live dates:
04 JUL Montreux Jazz Lab, Montreux, CH
10 JUL Gefle Metal Festival, Gavle, SE
18 JUL Russia Metal Meeting, Otrada Estate, RU
24 JUL Artmania Festival, Sibiu, RO
05 AUG Brutal Assault, Jaromer, CZ
13 AUG Summer Breeze, Dinkelsbuhl, DE
15 AUG Midgardsblot, Horten, NO