Track Of The Issue: Kælan Mikla's "Ekkert nema ég" - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Track Of The Issue: Kælan Mikla’s “Ekkert nema ég”

Track Of The Issue: Kælan Mikla’s “Ekkert nema ég”

Published November 7, 2014

With its loud and gnarly thumping bass, “Ekkert nema ég” starts off filthy great. According to the band, the song’s lyrics are all from a long text message drummer Sólveig Matthildur Kristjánsdóttir wrote her friend while drunk. Vocalist Laufey Soffía Þórsdóttir renders the drunk-text beautifully, softly singing: “I will smoke the world / swallow its remains / so there will be nothing left but me,” before screaming at the top of her lungs: “I am God!”

Meet Kælan Mikla, a trio of avant-garde punks whose lyrics are poems (indeed, you may read about them in our poetry feature), delivered on top of loud, quivering bass lines courtesy of Margrét Rósa Dóru- Harrysdóttir. They capture Millenials’ melancholy, displaced sense of self, and narcissistic worldview down to a tee. They are dirty, they are raw, and most importantly, they are fun! Their debut album hits the streets any day now, but this song comes from a Dr. Gunni curated compilation entitled ‘SNARL 4’, which is filled with other exuberant bands and is equally worth getting.

Read our huge ass interview with Kælan Mikla and/or watch our Post-Set Breakdown video interview with the band!

Download the track here (right click and “save as”).

Enjoy!

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