Bursting with the raw punk spirit and whimsical Icelandic visions which have fueled Kælan Mikla from the very start, Undir köldum norðumljósum takes the band’s unmistakable sound and presents it in a manner even more lush and engrossing than before. Cinematic layers of synth, ethereal vocals sung in their native tongue, spine-chilling screams, driving bass and programmed drums combine to pull the listener deeper than ever into Kælan Mikla’s world — a place of folklore and fairytales, magic and mysticism. As Revolver Magazine put it: “Theirs is a world where sweeping eerie soundscapes, irresistible post-punk hooks and dance beats couple with angelic voices and blood-curdling shrieks.”
Undir köldum norðumljósum features a guest appearance by Alcest, with whom Kælan Mikla toured Europe in early 2020.
Two singles have been released from the album so far in 2021 — “Sólstöður” and “Ósýnileg” — the latter of which was premiered as part of Adult Swim’s prestigious Singles series.
The album artwork was created by graphic design duo Førtifem, known for their covers, posters, and merch for artists such as Emperor, Slipknot, Rammstein, and Carpenter Brut.