I wrote a feature about this supposedly one-woman Danish black metal band a month ago after discovering a song named “Nattens Barn” (“Night’s Child”) from the band’s forthcoming debut EP on Relapse Records. At the time, I knew very little about the woman in question, but yesterday, through the help of a few readers, I learned a lot of info — conflicting info — plus discovered another new Myrkur song — “Latvian Fegurð”.
The music speaks for itself — and I think it’s quite good; you’ll find the new song at the end of this post. As for the woman behind Myrkur, Relapse released a video in which she speaks (in Danish) of the motivations behind her music, her face mainly obscured behind a mop of pale hair while “Nattens Barn” plays in the background:
As for the identity of the woman behind Myrkur, that’s still unclear. A friend of mine (and fellow blogger) from Denmark passed along information he had received that she is Frederikke Hoffmeier, a Copenhagen-based experimental musician who has used the alias Puce Mary (see this page and this one).
Some Puce Mary music may be found here. I was also given a link to this page, in which Ms. Hoffmeier is pictured nude from the waist up. There is certainly a resemblance, facially and in body form, to the woman in the Relapse video and on the album’s cover.
A second story I received via e-mail is that Myrkur is a Brooklyn resident named Amelie Bruun — who is a model, a singer-songwriter, and a member of a pop duo called Ex Cops, among other projects. There’s an article in Vogue about her here. In this article, her Ex Cops bandmate reveals that she’s really into Scandinavian black metal. I suppose this could be true, though the e-mail writer doesn’t claim to have direct personal knowledge.
Of these two stories, I’m inclined to believe the first, because otherwise Relapse would be perpetrating a pretty big fraud — which would be risky since the truth always does have a way of coming out. But who knows? I’m sure we will learn more in time…
UPDATE: I have heard from more people who seem quite sure of themselves that Amelie Bruun is in fact the woman behind Myrkur. In addition, I understand that she is Danish, despite the fact that she is now residing in New York, so I think I need to retract that statement about Relapse perpetrating a fraud.
The original Relapse press release used these phrases: “Emerging from the darkness of Scandinavia comes one woman black metal project Myrkur“, and “Hailing from Denmark, Myrkur signed to Relapse Records earlier this year….” I read those passages as indicating that Myrkur is currently based in Denmark, but they don’t precisely say that. And although the video also reinforced the impression that Myrkur was based in Scandinavia, I suppose people can speak Danish and wander in the woods even in New York.
Relapse has established a pre-order page for the EP (which it’s releasing on CD and vinyl, as well as digitally):
And this is the new song that premiered yesterday at Noisey: