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04 Feb 2019



Kælan Mikla (Reykjavik) + Some Ember (Berlin)

Kælan Mikla (Reykjavik)

Icelandic post-punk meets death-synth trio /Kælan Mikla/ returns for the group’s third album, /Nótt Eftir Nótt/.

Topping a year that catapulted the band onto stages shared with the likes of /The Cure/ and /Placebo/, /Nótt Eftir Nótt/ is /Kælan Mikla/ at their most confident, and their most deadly. It’s been five years since /Margrét Rósa Dóru-Harrysdóttir/, /Laufey Soffia/, and /Sólveig Matthildur Kristjánsdóttir/ formed the band in Reykjavik, but after several tours and high-profiles stages, as well as two critically-acclaimed albums, /Kælan Mikla/ has brought their A-game in a big way.

Starting off quietly with a creepy, gothed-out 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 the melancholy “/Hvernig kemst ég upp?/” are wonderfully delightful, 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 basically perfect.

Hot on the heels of shows at /Roadburn/, /Meltdown/, and /The Cure’s 40th Anniversary/, as well as a Fall tour supporting /King Dude/, /Kælan Mikla/ are set to take their place as one of darkest aural poets on the world stage.

Toronto-based /Artoffact Records/ will release /Nótt Eftir Nótt/ on CD, vinyl, and digital formats this Fall.



Some Ember (Berlin)

/SUBMERGING THE SUN/, the second LP by /Some Ember/, is a journal of climatological grief, intimate vulnerability, and transcendental sadness. Self-produced by songwriter /Dylan Travis/, the record’s sparse arrangements are weighted by bleak ambience and dramatic vocal turns. Icy synthesizers pierce veils of fog-like drones, delivering sorrow and catharsis. Tides of dissonance ebb to reveal glittering mirages of hope, which are just as soon swept away.

Long a fixture of the Oakland, CA musical underground, /Some Ember/ has seen many forms – a solo dream pop bedroom project, a four-piece goth rock outfit, then a hardware-based synth duo, and now a solo performance project once more. Following cassettes on /Crash Symbols/, /Night-People/ and /Ascetic House/, the band released their first LP on /Dream/ in 2014. In 2015, /Travis/ and longtime collaborator /Nina Chase/ made the move to Berlin. After a tumultuous two years (which saw a further cassette released on /Dream/, “/DEBTS OF LOVE/”), the band will release /SUBMERGING THE SUN/, as well as a companion cassette EP, /SUBMERGED/, on /Third Coming Records /in November 2018.