Back in March, Myrkur has released its third studio album Fokesange via Relapse Records, a collection of Scandinavian folk songs which sees the founder and songwriter Amalie Bruun taking the band to the next chapter.
Soon after newfound motherhood, Bruun sets out on a journey into the heart of the Scandinavian culture that marked her own childhood. On Folkesange she relinquishes black metal for a refined yet far-reaching evocation of traditional folk, combining songs ancient and new to sublimely resonant effect.
In a recent interview with Niko Savic, Bruun reflected on the creative process for the new release, how her pregnancy impacted these songs, creative challenges, the ongoing situation in the world, isolation and more. Listen to the full interview below.
Asked if Folkesange made her more close to where she comes from and the importance of geographical belonging, Bruun commented: “This album is something I’ve been wanting to do for many years. Anything I released as Myrkur has been, a lot of it is written in Danish. It’s close to what I feel as my culture, so it’s not that different in that way of what I’ve released before. But of course, a straight up folk record with mainly Scandinavian folk songs is definitely more into the tradition than what I’ve done before.”
On interviewer’s statement that Folkesange feels like the most vibrant and barebones Myrkur release to date and that her pregnancy attributed to it, Bruun stated: “It’s hard to say but I think that it’s definitely affected the entire album, the sound and my voice. You could say it’s a magical state to be in, it does feel a bit miraculous thing that’s going on that you are building a human being in your body. It’s so alien. The most natural things in life are the most baffling and insane things. You can’t make that up.”
About the biggest challenges she faced during her pregnancy that in a way transferred to the creative process of the record, Amalie said: “I think that was afterwards that my pregnancy became complicated so I got hospitalized. We had to push the album release, we pushed it six months because of that. And that’s something that you normally don’t want to do but we had to do that, because when children arrive they don’t care what else you’re doing.”
Listen to the full interview below. Folkesange is out now via Relapse Records; order it from this location.
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