Listen: Myrkur’s Stark, Sparkling Live Album
We can hope that it becomes as common as concert DVDs and remix albums: the redux album. It’s an artist’s second expression of already-released material, a different path from the same starting point, a retelling of a revered tale. It doesn’t stop at deconstruction the way an unplugged album leaves you cold; think expansive reimaginings by Katatonia and Monster Magnet, the entire dub genre and now black metal’s Myrkur, whose spooky, sparse live album (below) is out tomorrow, August 20th.
Taken from a small live event staged inside a freaking tomb, Mausoleum contains performances of seven songs from M (one of last year’s mandatory albums), a rad compilation jam, and a Bathory song recast as dark hymnals, and adorned only by one ace support musician and a girls choir. Otherwise, Myrkur’s Amalie Bruun is a lonely voice and deft arranger unguarded by BM squall and more than arm’s length from the vibe of extreme metal.
Again: Every single artist should let loose an album-length reinterpretation every few years, heavier or lighter, more elemental or deeper, straighter or more quirky, higher or drunker. Whatever. Crank it up!!