Music Review: Kælan Mikla (2019)

September 21, 2019

Written by DanXIII

Daniel XIII; the result of an arcane ritual involving a King Diamond album, a box of Count Chocula, and a copy of Swank magazine, is a screenwriter, director, producer, actor, artist, and reviewer of fright flicks…Who hates ya baby?

Do you like the feeling of having a vivid nightmare poured into your eerie earholes? You bet your ass you do! And, there’s no better band out there to make that a reality than Icelandic darkwave geniuses Kælan Mikla.

Comprised of eight tracks, Kælan Mikla’s eponymous U.S. debut (released through MVD Entertainment and Toronto-based Artoffact Records) is filled with haunting melodies, ethereal vocals (though they can posses downright punk rock power when it’s required), and ambient soundscapes a plenty; but their main bread and butter sounds as if Gary Numan composed a rock opera around Dracula… doesn’t get better than that cats n’ creeps, believe you me!

All horrific hyperbole aside; this is some serious marvelously moody music, and the heady blend of Laufey Soffía Þórsdóttir on vocals, Sólveig Matthildur Kristjánsdóttir on synths and percussion, and Margrét Rósa Dóru-Harrysdóttir on bass is absolutely irresistible and essential autumnal listening (or for when you are trying to conjure autumn in your fevered lil’ brain).

I strongly urge you lascivious lovelies to pick up Kælan Mikla (which you can do right here); it’s a wickedly witchy dose of arcane audio and it deserves your attention!



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