From Iceland — Track Of The Issue: Kælan Mikla's "Ekkert nema ég"

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”).


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