Icelandic post-punk trio KÆLAN MIKLA have debuted the video for their track Draumadís via CVLT Nation, and this week kicked off a month of European shows. Draumadís is taken from their 2018 album, Nótt eftir nótt which was released via Artoffact Records (order here)
Last night the critically acclaimed three-piece kicked off a European tour in Berlin which will run through until March 1. Support on all dates comes from Some Ember. Full dates are below.
Nótt eftir nótt is KÆLAN MIKLA at their most confident - and their most deadly. It’s been five years since Margrét Rósa, Laufey Soffia, and Sólveig Matthildur formed the band in Reykjavík, and after several successful tours and having dominated high-profiles stages, as well as releasing two critically-acclaimed albums, KÆLAN MIKLA has truly brought their A-game.
Starting off quietly with a creepy, gothed-out and ethereal intro, Nótt eftir nótt erupts with post-punk brilliance and synthlines that harken back to the bad old days of the Batcave, big hair, and Egyptian-inspired eye-liner. Tracks like Hvernig kemst ég upp? fuse melody with melancholy, while the band goes for the big goth dance number on Skuggadans, succeeding with glorious ease. Near the end of Nótt eftir nótt, when you’ve already ingested a healthy dose of Diamanda Galas meets The Birthday Party, the title track, produced by popular Icelandic electronic wizard Bang Gang, is a perfect distillation of KÆLAN MIKLA in 2018.
Although their lyrics are written and performed in their native Icelandic, they add a vivid and clear layer to the message of Nótt eftir nótt. Listeners are beckoned into a world of nightmares crossed with fairy tales, moonlit landscapes, and hypnotic shadows. KÆLAN MIKLA are set to take their place amongst the darkest aural poets on the world stage.
"After triumphant sets at Roadburn 2018 and at the Robert Smith–curated Meltdown festival, Kælen Mikla are ready to offer up their debut full-length of searing post-punk/darkwave to the world... The Icelandic trio manages to conjure shadowy influences ranging from Clan of Xymox to the Cure to Tubeway Army on their forthcoming Nótt eftir nótt LP. It's a must for fans of dark music." – Revolver
"Iceland's Kælan Mikla... Raw punk but with a defining, dark, synth dancefloor vibe." – Scene Point Blank
Nótt eftir nótt track list:
3. Hvernig kemst ég upp?
8. Nótt eftir nótt
9. Dáið er allt án drauma
KÆLAN MIKLA will be performing at the following dates:
EU/UK tour 2019 (with Some Ember):
Toronto-based Artoffact Records released Nótt eftir nótt on CD, vinyl, and digital formats. Order here.
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