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Myrkur announces traditional Norwegian folk album, Folkesange

By | Published on Thursday 16 January 2020


Myrkur has announced her third album, ‘Folkesange’. The LP sees her shift away from the black metal side of her sound, diving fully into traditional Norwegian folk music.

“Three years ago I decided to share a video where I performed an old Scandinavian folk-song on [traditional instrument] the nyckelharpa”, she explains. “After this I realised 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 [exploring] my own version of this [sound]”.

The first single from the record is original composition ‘Ella’, which she says is “the result of years of studying, playing and listening to traditional Nordic folk music”.

“This is my version of a new folk song, with roots planted in history and in the past”, she continues. “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”.

The album is out through Relapse Records on 20 Mar. Listen to ‘Ella’ here: