CMU Approved

Approved: Myrkur

By | Published on Wednesday 11 November 2015


Amalie Bruun has been releasing music for the best part of a decade in various guises: from bombastic piano-driven pop under her own name to indie-rock as part of Ex Cops and, in her other solo guise, Myrkur, black metal. Which is a range few would attempt, let alone pull off so skilfully.

Earlier this year she released her debut album as Myrkur – ‘M’ – through Relapse Records. An impressive blend of melodic black metal and Scandinavian folk, the album was produced by Ulver founder Kristoffer ‘Garm’ Rygg (a man also not averse to jumping between genres) and featured Mayhem and Nidingr guitarist Morten ‘Teloch’ Iversen. An album of extremes, its dark and light sides constantly at odds with each other, Bruun’s songs in this guise are perhaps her most compelling to date.

Away from the album, recently release standalone single ‘Den Lille Piges Død’ – originally offered as part of Adult Swim’s singles series, now more widely available – shows the juxtaposition of this sound at its fullest.

You’ll be able to catch Myrkur live in the UK next March, with shows in Bristol and London supporting Deafheaven. But for now, here’s ‘Den Lille Piges Død’: