CD review MYRKUR ‘Folkesange’

Myrkur doesn’t follow the used paths of music. Her music is different and stretches the frames of many genres. Two years ago Amalie Bruun was part of ‘What’s in my bag’ shopping at Amoeba Music in L.A.. It’s worth to have a look since it explains the musical variety Bruun prefers. Classic, Abba, Joan Beaz, King Diamond up to Portal. The mix couldn’t be more diverse, influences coming back in Myrkur songs.

I was excited looking forward to the new album ‘Folkesange’. Release date is March 20 and as the previous album also ‘Folkesange’ comes via Relapse Records. Bruun recorded 12 new songs for the new record, all emotional intense.

‘Folkesange’ is different than what we know from the first two albums, different in way that the harsh Black Metal outbreaks disappeared. Acoustic music dominates instead. While ‘Mareridt’ with its nightmare-driven atmosphere spread a dark basic mood, the new album isn’t a gloomy one at all. ‘Folkesange’ is puristic. It captures the spirit of nature and fascinates with a mystic base profile.

‘Ella’ is the perfect starting point including the heartbeat that literally bows life into ‘Folkesange’. Not surprising, Bruun’s great voice builds the centerpiece of this longplayer and picking some songs is nearly a mission impossible. Myrkur’s new longplayer is more of a ‘Gesamtkunstwerk’ that combines various stories, fairytales and mythology. ‘Leaves of Yggdrasil, with its medieval foundation is certainly a song that’s worth to listen to and the same goes for ‘Tor i Helheim’. The tune is thematically build on a poem from the Icelandic Edda, a literary work from the 13th century and describes the journey into the underworld of Hel.

Soundwise the longplayer is perfectly staged by Christopher Juul, also known from Heilung. In one or another way “Folkesange’ shows some parallels with Heilung, capturing a similar spirit and mystic expression.

To wrap up: Myrkur releases with ‘Folkesange’ an album that builds on the predecessors while taking partly another road too. Amalie Bruun gave this longplayer a very personal touch, a record that doesn’t shock with brutal Black Metal outbursts. ‘Folkesange’ finds its way to your mind and soul through emotional depth and purism. It’s the spirit that catches you and helps to escape from the challenges of daily life. It’s an impressive album that unveils a new detail every time listening to it.

Rating: 9 out of 10.

Tracklist:

  1. Ella
  2. Fager som en Ros
  3. Leaves of Yggdrasil
  4. Ramund
  5. Tor i Helheim
  6. Svea
  7. Harpens Krfat
  8. Gammelkäring
  9. Hous Carpenter
  10. Reiar
  11. Gudernes Vilje
  12. Vinter

Label: Relapse Records

Genre: Folk

Release Date EU: March 20, 2020

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