Amalie Bruun banished her nightmares with Myrkur’s incredible second album
MARERIDT SEEMED VERY THERAPEUTIC FOR YOU AS AN ARTIST. ARE YOU HOPING THAT IT’S HELPING PEOPLE DIRECTLY IN THAT SAME WAY?
“I set free some demonic thoughts and nightmares and some music, and now it’s got a life of its own, so after that it’s not really up to me to judge what it should or shouldn’t do. I’m oddly passive about it, without being apathetic. It really did feel like an exorcism, so once that was out, I felt kind of distant from it.”
WAS THIS ALBUM THE FIRST TIME YOU’D SUNG IN ENGLISH?
“Not in my life… ha ha, but yes, it was the first time I wrote and sang in English. I think that was mainly because sometimes, when I woke up from nightmares, in my ramblings that I write down when I’m half asleep, some of them were actually in English. So then I thought, ‘OK, let’s go with that on these particular songs’, you know? It was kinda fun. I’ll read you a sentence: [she starts in Danish, and then it morphs into this…] ‘With androgynous man wearing a huge octopus tail, tentacles like a mermaid.’ It’s crazy!”
WHAT’S THE BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU’VE BEEN GIVEN THIS YEAR?
“Shut up and sing?”
HA HA! THAT’S AN EXCELLENT ANSWER.
“The whole quote was, ‘Shut up and sing, don’t get into trouble and don’t watch porn!’ That’s the full quote.”
HAVE YOU FOLLOWED THAT ADVICE?
“Yeah, I have actually.”
WHAT’S COMING UP FOR YOU IN 2018?
“I’ll be doing an acoustic folk tour in early 2018. Then I think also there’ll be an American tour starting in February. Then I’d like to write that dark acoustic folk album that I’ve talked about for three years.”
WOULD THAT BE A MYRKUR RECORD?
“Yeah, definitely, and I’ll work with some of the same musicians I’ve worked with before. So that’s definitely in my plan. I don’t know about other people’s plans… ha ha!”
Amalie: staying out of trouble for 2018