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Myrkur Shares New Single “Valkyriernes Sang” – New Album “Spine” out October 20th via Relapse

October 11, 2023


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

Myrkur returns to her connection with Scandinavian mythology on her ethereal black metal epic, “Valkyriernes Sang” – the third single from her forthcoming album ‘Spine’, which is set for release on October 20th via Relapse.

Her moving vocals, sung in Bruun’s native Danish, give weight and leave room for interpretation. “I wrote this song after diving into different interpretations of the old Norse sagas again, particularly Njál’s saga and the poems about the valkyrier – ‘Spydsangen’ (‘The Song of the Spear’),” she tells. “I have always been fascinated with the figures of Valkyrier in Norse mythology, their power, their role in the battles, in Valhalla and with Odin.”

This absolutely ferocious landscape engulfs the listener, this dynamic entity moves from the chaotic blast beats to this almost holy-like shift to harmonic status. Combining aggressive textures and allowing sincere vocal layers to shine. Another robust and gripping landscape that emphasises the haunting essence of this vision.

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 20 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 Live dates:
Oct 26, 2023: Rough Trade East – London (TicketsInstore performance + record signing
Feb 23, 2024: Studenterhuset – Aalborg (Tickets)
Feb 24, 2024: Voxhall – Aarhus (Tickets)
Feb 29, 2024: Posten – Odense (Tickets
Mar 02, 2024: Store Vega – Copenhagen (Tickets)

‘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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