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Myrkur album inspired by Amalie Bruun’s nightmares

Amalie Bruun had lost interest in making music… until the bad dreams began. Second Myrkur album Mareridt is a document of her terrifying visions, and it’s set to transcend the underground

“I was in this building, like a warehouse, and some people were after me. I was with a group of people that I know in real life. My mother was there, too, but then she suddenly had a scorpion hanging from her upper lip. Someone in the group punches her in the face to make the scorpion fall off, but it falls into my leather boot and I can’t get it out. It’s stinging me really bad and I’m screaming, ‘Help me get this out!’ but they’re all laughing at me…”

Two years ago, Amalie Bruun started to have nightmares. Not just the weird and occasionally unsettling dreams that have long haunted her slumbers, but the kind of harrowing unconscious hallucinations that caused her to scream herself awake. The dream she’s recounting to Metal Hammer today, she explains, isn’t even one of the bad ones. It’s just a recent dream for which she hasn’t yet reached a satisfactory explanation. In fact, Amalie has recovered from that prolonged spate of disturbed sleep but, in the form of her increasingly revered alter-ego Myrkur, the Danish musician is about to release an album that promises to drag us all into her dark, subconscious depths.

“I definitely think that your subconscious is processing everything that goes on in your life, but I do believe that it’s deeper than that,” Amalie explains. “I believe in a collective subconscious. I think there is an energy and a universe that, if you can tap into it… well, I don’t know if you believe in psychics or people having visions, but I think that dreams have that element in there too, that for some people they become an almost spiritual and magical thing.”

Myrkur’s rise to prominence in an often snooty underground metal scene has been one of the more intriguing and satisfying things to watch in recent times, not least because Amalie is plainly a unique and subtly contrary antidote to just about everything else that’s happening in heavy music. From the intimate ferocity of her eponymous debut EP to the more expansive, but no less intimate, full-length album M in 2015, her musical evolution has already been fascinating enough to turn an otherwise under-the-radar enterprise into one of the coolest names to drop in metal circles. On a superficial level, all of this newfound attention and promised success should have enabled Amalie to forge ahead happily. Instead, as she recuperated after a long period of touring in support of M, the nightmares began…

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