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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Myrkur

Posted by Amoebite, March 6, 2018 04:14pm | Post a Comment

What's In My Bag? Myrkur Amoeba Music

When Danish black metal musician Myrkur needs dark musical inspiration, she seeks out an unexpected source: ABBA. That's right Amalie Bruun, the alter-ego of Myrkur, considers the Swedish pop group to be "the inventors of Scandinavian horror pop." We discussed the dark side of ABBA, along with the rest of her eclectic choices, in this What's In My Bag? episode with Myrkur at Amoeba Hollywood

Amalie Bruun combines the harsh, raw energy of black metal with ethereal, otherworldly vocals via her Myrkur project. She provided guitars, bass, vocals, and production skills to her 2014 self-titled debut EP; Bruun's friend Rex Myrnur played drums. Her first full-length, M, was released a year later, winning Myrkur MareridtMyrkur more critical acclaim and an introduction to a wider audience. The following year, she released a live album fittingly called Mausoleum -- it was recorded at the Emanuel Vigeland Mausoleum in Oslo, Norway.

2017's Mareridt was recorded in both Seattle and Copenhagen with the assistance of producer Randall Dunn (Earth, Marissa Nadler, Sunn O))), Boris). The album drew inspiration from Nordic fairy tales, Bible verses, and classic mythology and showcases Bruun's newly acquired mastery of the ancient Swedish cow herding call known as kulning, as well as a collaboration with fellow traveler Chelsea Wolfe. Myrkur is on tour throughout North America and Europe this spring and summer.

Continuing with the horror pop theme, Myrkur picked up a copy of Goblin Tour 2013 EP by Goblin, the Italian prog-rock band who are best known for their '70s horror movie soundtracks. She was particularly interested in the theme to Dario Argento's Suspiria, saying, "I think (it) could be really interesting to hear live." Myrkur also grabbed Fatal Portrait by her personal hero, King Diamond, whom she calls "the one and only king; the royalty of Denmark."

It wasn't all metal and horror pop for Myrkur, however, as she also found a record of Czech classical music composed by Bedrich Smetana and Antonin Dvorak, as well as a live Joan Baez record featuring a selection of classic folk tunes. But which "very unpleasant" band does Myrkur describe as "certainly not for everyone?" You'll have to watch the video to find out!

Myrkur - What's In My Bag?
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