Kælan Mikla: an ode to the darkest night of the year
Kælan Mikla exhibits artistic and musical growth with their new single “Sólstöður”. This is the first song we hear from them since they released their third and most successful record yet, Nótt eftir nótt in 2018, and it’s been worth the wait.
The track begins in a sombre register, with a beautiful melodic vocal eventually giving way to a darker side, complete with nightmarish screams, and a droning synth-backed chorus.
The band writes: “Sólstöður is an ode to the darkest night of the year, when witches summon winter spirits in the frozen vastness of Icelandic landscapes. The song represents the strength of unity, Kælan Mikla in its truest form, fueled by the power of harsh and raw nature.”
The single is now streaming everywhere including Bandcamp, Spotify, and Apple Music.
Sólstöður was recorded in Reykjavík with Barði Jóhannsson and mastered by Frank Arkwright at Abbey Road Studios.
The artwork for the single was created by the iconic french illustration team Førtifem and presents Kælan Mikla, the entity that the band has created in their mystical icy world.