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Kælan Mikla describe their music as appealing to fans of “dark and dreary music”, but there’s more dark magic than dreariness in the Icelandic dark wave synth trio’s sound, as “Ósýnileg” here shows:

Kælan Mikla was founded in 2013 as an entry in a Reykjavik, Iceland poetry competition, somehow evolving into a dark wave synth trio, releasing their first song in 2015, followed by albums and performing at international festivals. “Ósýnileg” (invisible) is from their upcoming 4th album which they say “will mostly revolve around folklore and fairytales, drawing the band even deeper into their realm of magic and mysticism.”

The music of Kælan Mikla is likely to appeal to contemporary dark wave synth-pop artists like Boy Harsher, and Death And The Maiden.

mum_Iceland“My Claws (Live in Berlin)” by Icelandic experimental sound crafters múm is from a recent album Menschen am Sonntag – Live in Berlin , music from a live-score performance to accompany silent film classic “Menschen am Sonntag” (1930). It’s on German label Morr Music. The Morr Music Bandcamp page is well worth exploring for more music like this.

“My Claws” is instrumental music rather than their usual odd and often whimsical songs, but it continues their strengths of merging acoustic instruments with electronics and creating other-worldly atmospheres in sound.

Formed by Gunnar Örn Tynes, Örvar Smárason, and classically trained twin sisters Gyda and Kristín Anna Valtysdóttir in 1997múm may have be a less-heralded Icelandic export than Bjork and Sigur Ros, but are important innovators in the areas where electronic music and acoustic music overlap. 

I came across them in 2002 via their 4th album “Finally We Are No One” which seemed to be assembled from toy instruments and various obscure acoustic instruments and sounded like nothing else on earth, as did much of the music emanating from Iceland at the time. If you want another more song-based album of their unique mixture of child-like wonder with sophisticated experimental song-craft to explore try their 2009 album “Sing Along to Songs You Don’t Know”