I haven’t managed to get today’s planned blog post completed (I spent too long fucking around on Photoshop with a photograph that was refusing to cooperating. I had it bend to my will after about five ridiculous hours.) so I thought I’d let you know what I’ve been listening to during today’s creative endeavors.
‘Twas yesterday when I was on one of my permitted social media excursions (in case you didn’t know, I’m trying to cut back on the time I spend on social media.) and it popped up that someone had posted something on the Folk Horror Revival page on Facebook. I nearly always check the FHR notifications because, nine times out of ten, I’ll appreciate what’s been posted. And I did appreciate what had been posted. I appreciated it very much indeed.
Some brilliant soul had put up a link to the Bandcamp page of Dark Dungeon Music project Dyfliza, ‘the shivering musical offspring of two haggard wretches from Iceland.’ (The band members words, not mine.) Obviously, I immediately dropped everything else I was doing and hastened my way to Bandcamp. Once there, I found the band’s album Morkinsálmar, which ‘follows the travels of Ganglatr and Ganglöt, (characters inspired by the two thralls of Hel) as they tend to the dead in a dark, wintery otherworld.’ It was pretty late at this point, so I saved the page and promised to return in the morning.
And so this morning, with unprecedented excitement, I listened to Morkinsálmar. Then I listened to it again. And again. In the twenty odd years that I’ve been listening to Dark Dungeon Music, it’s rare that I’ve encountered a band capable of infiltrating my head like Dyfliza did with Morkinsálmar. I’d like to listen to it a few more times before giving an in-depth insight. (It takes me a bit longer to gather my thoughts these days and it’s been a while since I’ve gone in depth with an album, so I want to take my time with this and do it well.) I can tell you though that my favourite track at the moment is Urðarmáni.
I hope you find yourself at Dyfliza’s Bandcamp and I hope Morkinsálmar creeps into your head and settles there to stay.
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