From the darkness of Scandinavia emerges Myrkur. Hailing from Denmark, the one-woman project signed to renowned independent label Relapse Records in 2014 off the strength of just one EP, its eponymous debut (released September 2014). Envisioned and realized by classically-trained multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Amalie Bruun, Myrkur combined the rawness of second-wave black metal bands like Ulver and Darkthrone with a natural, ethereal sonic beauty. Myrkur introduced a wholly unique perspective on the genre of black metal, one that immediately put her on the map and caught the attention of listeners and publications worldwide.
Though the word “myrkur” means “darkness” in Icelandic, Bruun’s music encompasses far more than just that one dimension of music: with its distinct sense of Nordic isolation, Myrkur is a definitively brutal creation, yet also a delicate and feminine one. Choral and folk elements abound, lending the music a mystical, legendary quality and an untouchable equilibrium between dark and light. Myrkur’s influences range from nature to traditional Scandinavian folklore to Norse mythology and far beyond. Bruun elaborates, “I always dreamed about becoming a Huldra, an Elver girl, a Valkyrie, the goddess Freja. These powerful women in Norse Mythology have an element of beauty and mystique, but they are also deadly.”
Tickets go on sale this Friday (2nd February) at 9am here.