BRDCST: Danish female black metal for Chelsea Wolfe, Sunn 0))) and Earth fans
BRDCST is AB’s outstanding indoor spring festival spotlighting musical boundlessness.
The name is a direct reference to the retro futuristic electronica-pop of English band Broadcast that released inspiring albums like ‘Haha Sound’ and ‘Noise Made By The People’ over the past decade. Artists who feel strongly about musical innovation form the focal point for BRDCST. Our musical gut-feeling does the rest.
It’s remarkable how an extreme sub-movement like black metal has had a lasting influence and peaks. Deafheaven keeps on winning fans with its mix of black metal & shoegaze, and Mount Eerie & Chelsea Wolfe have smuggled plenty of the black metal aesthetic into their work. Thurston Moore officially joined black metal supergroup Twilight (with the likes of Xasthur and Leviathan) in ’12 and also recently released the book ‘The Dead Archives’ on his Ecstatic Peace Library imprint, an ode to the controversial Norwegian black metal pioneers Mayhem.
Enter Myrkur! Or: the Danish, classically schooled, multi-instrumentalist/songwriter Amalie Bruun. Myrkur – Icelandic for ‘darkness’ – combines the rawness of the second wave of black metal bands (see: Ulver, Darkthrone,...) with ‘a natural, ethereal sonic beauty.’ The traditional Scandinavian folklore is never far removed, the Norwegian mythology either. Bruun: ‘I always dreamed about becoming a Huldra, an Elver girl, a Valkyrie, the goddess Freja. These powerful women in Norse Mythology have an element of beauty and mystique, but they are also deadly.’
Her latest album ‘Mareridt’ – Danish for ‘nightmare’ – was produced by good folk like Randall Dunn (see: Sunn 0))), Earth, Wolves In The Throne Room, ...) and enjoyed a remarkable guest visit from Chelsea Wolfe. The famous Rough Trade Shop meanwhile catapulted the album into their Top 30 (!) best albums of 2017 and described the it as: ‘a visionary blend of metal with gorgeous, stirring melodies, dark folk passages, choral arrangements and superb horrific beauty.’
OTTO LINDHOLM (b)
The music – minimal, classical & dark – by Brussels resident Otto Lindholm takes your breath away. This contrabassist/electronica-producer also fits in perfectly with Tim Hecker, Rachel’s or Deaf Center. He is vague about his origins and evasively answers: ‘Otto Lindholm was the name of my gran gran gran father.’ (sic) BBC Radio 6 icon Mary Anne Hobbs is a fan, as are we, and said this of his latest album ‘Alter’: ‘Extraordinary. Deeply meditative.’
Experimental one-man band in which founder Thibaud Meiresone explores the boundaries of the spiritual and transforms his dark, minimalistic music via layered sounds & dark textures until it almost becomes ascetic meditation. His albums bear names like ‘Minnestreel’, ‘Horizon’ or ‘Vondeling’.