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Myrkur Shares New Single and Video “Mothlike” – Taken From New Album “Spine” out October 20th on Relapse + Set To Play Rough Trade East

September 18, 2023


Shares new single “Mothlike”
Album ‘Spine’ out October 20th on Relapse
To play Rough Trade East on October 26th

MYRKUR has shared a second single from her forthcoming album ‘Spine’, which is set for release on October 20th via Relapse. She has also been confirmed to play and sign records at London’s Rough Trade East on October 26th.

‘Spine’ is a title with a host of potent connotations: growth, strength, defiance, a core of our being, and flexibility. It’s what holds a human up, and allows us to rebuild. It’s an album that encompasses all these traits – an act of rebirth that balances our most euphoric and our darkest moments.

MYRKUR brings ‘Spine’ to life in her stunning new video “Mothlike,” directed by David Fitt, released now. Fitt tells, “Early on in the process, I knew that translating ‘Mothlike’ into a video required the notion of transformation—like caterpillars do turning into moths. It led me to think about artists, how they are often met with defiance and rejection when they bring something new to the table, before getting recognized after perseverance and determination. The video is quite literally the illustration of this process, until the eye-opening reveal of a new truth expanding your vision.”

MYRKUR will captivate you throughout this volatile yet sinister ensemble. A sense of magic soars throughout this robust and shifting landscape. Myrkur builds these immersive and dynamic dystopian landscapes filled with dark textures and soft harmonies which deliver an expressive and unique range. The intensity ramps up the journey as it pushes through the various percussive attributes and bold beats, the synth sounds and raucous brutality plunge the exploration into more advantageous depths.

Whilst this haunting journey consumes the listener, the emotional resonance through the harmonies injects so much soul into the composition.

MYRKUR unfolds the next chapter in her personal mythology of Amalie Bruun, setting a new course for the enigmatic composer, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist. Marked by the birth of her child, and a means of making sense of the storm of emotions in that wake, her forthcoming album ‘Spine‘charts a new course for Bruun through the most turbulent period of her life to new territories beyond, free from genre constraints, and giving rise to a new range of emotional and sonic contours.

This time around, Myrkur reunited with producer Randall Dunn in Sigur Rós’s Icelandic Sundlaugin studio to negotiate the contrast between the deepest human connection of mother and child, and an increasingly disconnected, alienating world, from pandemic restrictions and isolation to the rise of Artificial Intelligence. But if the claustrophobia of lockdown made an impact on the album, musically it’s Myrkur’s most open yet – Bruun’s pristine clear vocals a hyper-sensitive barometer, finely tuned to states where bliss, anxiety, grief, intimacy and psychic wanderlust co-exist, weaving wide-ranging traces of her musical background into rapt and tantalising new forms. 

The most personal of artistic journeys rarely take a predictable path. Over the course of three studio albums, two EPs and a theatrical score under the Myrkur banner, Bruun has been willing to both pick apart genre conventions and delve deep into the heart of them, remapping her Danish folk roots and black metal onto the most dynamic of internal terrain. 

Where 2015’s acclaimed debut ‘M‘ and 2017’s nightmare-induced ‘Mareridt‘ albums bolstered black metal with emotional currents that were by turns rapt and harrowing, steeped in tradition but enflamed into coruscating acts of deliverance, 2020’s ‘Folkesange‘ found refuge in the durability and archetypal storytelling of Scandic folk, blending songs ancient and new into a tapestry that bound the individual and the universal, once again reaching into elemental forces to invoke something resonant and unbound. But if there is solace to be found in continuity, Myrkur has often been equally tuned to the forces of upheaval, the ever-shifting nature of Amalie’s music and ongoing dialogue between the two. In art, as in life, there are rubicons to be crossed, new chapters to navigate and sensations to explore, and the act of self-examination that makes sense of it all is, by its nature, also one of reinvention.

Spine sees its release October 20th via Relapse Records on CD, Vinyl, and across all digital retailers worldwide. For more details on variants and deluxe edition pressings, including a baby pink version for the “Ten Bands, One Cause” Breast Cancer Awareness Month campaign, go here.

Myrkur will play live and sign records at London’s Rough Trade East on October 26th. More information here

‘Spine’track list:
1 – Balfaerd
2 – Like Humans
3 – Mothlike
4 – My Blood Is Gold
5 – Spine
6 – Valkyriernes Sang
7 – Blazing Sky
8 – Devil in the detail
9 – Menneskebarn

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