Myrkur: Ella

Stepping aside from the extreme, contemporary black metal sound of her previous releases, Amalie Bruun's Myrkur steers straightly toward traditional folk, along the lines of her Scandinavian heritage, and the result appears more organic and down to earth than ever before.

The artist will be releasing her upcoming album, Folkesange, on March 20th, 2020 through Relapse Records, and has just revealed the first song and opening track, Ella, alongside a magnificent clip by Shawn Brackbill.

As Myrkur seems to be fully embracing the naturalistic propensities clearly presented in her earlier offerings, her artistry becomes more unprocessed, storytelling and intrinsic, and an album aimed exclusively at that direction will be certainly very interesting and welcome.

"Ella is the result of years of studying, playing and listening to traditional Nordic folk music," she explains. "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."

Artist photo and video by Shawn Brackbill


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