Danish composer, vocalist and classically trained multi-instrumentalist, Myrkur (Amalie Bruun), announces her upcoming full-length album “Folkesange“, due out March 20, 2020 via Relapse Records. Through Bruun’s crystalline vocals, an array of traditional instruments and storytelling, “Folkesange” offers listeners an immersive, emotional and transcendent experience that resonates in today’s turbulent times. Myrkur has always paved her own path and challenged underground preconceptions of heavy genres. Just after newfound motherhood, Bruun set 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” relinquishes black metal for a refined yet far-reaching evocation of traditional folk, combining songs ancient and new to sublimely resonant effect.
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 sub-genre 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.
“Folkesange” sees its release March 20, 2020 via Relapse. There will be several limited deluxe vinyl versions available for pre-order, in Myrkur’s official webshop.
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