Amalie Bruun journeys into the heart of Scandinavian culture via crystalline vocals, an array of traditional instruments and storytelling. Myrkur's Amalie Bruun 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 with the release of her new album, Folkesange. Due out March 20 via Relapse Records, Folkesange relinquishes black metal for a refined yet far-reaching evocation of traditional folk, combining songs ancient and new to sublimely resonant effect.
Myrkur has unveiled lead single and album opener, ‘Ella’ which she explains is "the result of years of studying, playing and listening to traditional Nordic folk music. This is my version of a new folk-song, with roots planted in history and in the past. It is my ode to mankind and our connection with nature - a rite of passage as a woman and a rebirth-ritual in the sea. Three years ago, I decided to share a video where I performed an old Scandinavian folk-song on the nyckelharpa. After this I realized that I had a strong need to create an album within this universe and that other people also wished to hear this. So I started working on picking out what old songs to reinterpret as well as write my own version of this. Ella is this."
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.
‘Folkesange’ track list:
1. Ella (YouTube)
2. Fager som en Ros
3. Leaves of Yggdrasil
5. Tor i Helheim
7. Harpens Kraft
9. House Carpenter
11. Gudernes Vilje