Hot on the heels of shows at Roadburn, Meltdown, and The Cure’s 40th Anniversary, as well as an Autumn tour supporting King Dude, Kælan Mikla are set to take their place as one of darkest aural poets on the world stage.
2018 has been an amazing year for Kælan Mikla and 2019 looks like it will be even more so!
The Icelandic post-punk meets death-synth trio are already on their third album, Nótt Eftir Nótt, which was released back in November via Toronto-based Artoffact Records.
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.
What the critics said:
“Kælan Mikla have grown a lot in the past few years, twisting their dark post-punk approach in multiple fascinating ways.”
-Jes Skolnik, Bandcamp Daily
“Unique and mesmerizing.”
-Hans Rollmann, Pop Matters
“The three witches from Macbeth [with] Poly Styrene punk and Diamanda Galas shrieks.”
-Nicoletta Wylde, Drowned In Sound
“Their rawness and charisma are enough to convert the staunchest non-believer in their direction.”
-Jamie Ludwig, FACTmag
“Even Peter Murphy would find himself nodding in approval.”
-Laura Studarus, Bandcamp Daily
…you’d be crazy to miss Kælan Mikla at INFEST 2019 this coming August.
Tickets for 2019 are on sale already and SELLING FAST! Head over to GIGANTIC to buy online.