Saturday 4 July 2020
Lots of synths, lots of darkness and a bit of Moonin. That’s darkwave from Iceland for ya!

The library enlightens the public. It also forms bands. That’s the case with Icelandic synth-goth trio Kælan Mikla. The three members – Laufey Soffía Þórsdóttir, Margrét Rósa Dóru- Harrysdóttir and Sólveig Matthildur Kristjánsdóttir – got together to enter a poetry slam contest the Reykjavik Library in 2013 – and they won.

Kælan Mikla (the Icelandic name for Lady of the Cold from The Moomins) thus became an entity.

This Icelandic trio have taken their Nordic traditions and combined them with drawn-out keyboards and samples to produce a bleak canvas befitting of their country’s winter. The band’s roots lie in both avant-punk poetry and drifting, dreamy darkwave.

Kælan Mikla has released a tape (Mánadans) and a couple of albums, Nótt eftir nótt from 2018 being the latest.

They have proven themselves to be skilled sound sorceresses who spread out dark, melancholic and danceable songs. They are all sung in Icelandic – which only adds to their otherworldly expression. Some songs are soft as cushions, others are spiky as nails. Kælan Mikla has a wide set of moods to inject into their music (don’t worry – ‘happy’ is not one of them).

They have exploded into the worldwide coldwave and goth music scene, and their dark star is poised to keep burning. It’s no wonder why The Cure’s Robert Smith is among the fans of their sound.

Step into the magical world of Kælan Mikla when the portal opens at Roskilde Festival. Just be careful – you might not want to step into the real world again once who have had a taste of this.