THE DREAMER

Amalie Bruun ban­ished her night­mares with Myrkur’s in­cred­i­ble sec­ond al­bum

Metal Hammer (UK) - - THE BIG REVIEW 2017 - WORDS: DOM LAW­SON

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

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