Mikael Åkerfeldt (Opeth) has created the soundtrack for Netflix’s “Clark.” That six-episode series was directed by Jonas Åkerlund (“Lords Of Chaos”, etc.) and it stars Bill Skarsgård (“It”, “Castle Rock”) as Swedish criminal Clark Olofsson. Fans can watch the show now and stream the soundtrack on the service of their choice HERE. Physical copies will also be available on July 22.
“Writing the music for ‘Clark‘ is probably one of the most rewarding things I’ve done musically. It was so fun. Challenging but fun. I wanted to do a good job, of course, and provide music that would fit with the rather bizarre tale of Clark Olofsson. I had to conjure up a sound for him. His sound. It’s all in my head, I guess, but it felt like I was on to something after having finished the first track. The immediate feedback from Jonas Åkerlund was almost overly positive. So I just took it from there.
During the pandemic, I wrote so much music for this project, but I like to think I didn’t stray too much from the ‘original sound of Clark.’ The finished soundtrack record is a downright wish-mash of musical styles. Some sounds I’m familiar with. Other sounds were brand new to me. Or old, depending on how you see it. Brand ‘old’?
The album doesn’t really make musical sense at all, and that’s pretty much the purpose. Writing music to portray the multi-faceted story of a man like Clark Olofsson was bound to generate some type of musical insanity. It (the music) is just all over the place. Oddly enough, so is my own personal taste in music.
Even if many would deem Clark ‘a man insane,’ it really helped me in my work. No boundaries (let’s cross them). No rules (let’s break them). Anything goes…”
Notably, several metal musicians also appear in the series including Åkerfeldt, Tobias Forge (Ghost) and Myrkur. You can find a trailer and some footage of Forge and Myrkur’s parts below:
Myrkur has shared a demo version of her new song “Rivers Blessed.“ She said the following about that:
“‘Rivers Blessed‘ is written about my journey into motherhood, a path that by no means was easy but it changed my life and how I view the world forever. I wanted the song to have a strong feeling of winter, and therefor the harp is the only instrument, because its sound reminds me of falling snowflakes. The chorus is from an old Danish poem called ‘There is nothing in the world as silent as snow’ and it talks of the silent, pure and gentle new world you find after the snow has fallen, which feels like nature’s magic.”
Myrkur will be playing two virtual concerts this month. The first one will be available to stream from May 21-23, while the second one will be available to stream from May 28-30. Myrkur commented:
“I am so exited to announce I have 2 live stream concerts coming up! Tickets: myrkurlive.com”
Act I : Acoustic and Solitary in Copenhagen shows Myrkur in an intimate, solo setting, playing select songs from her entire catalog.
Act II : Nature Reclaims – The Folkesange Live Experience takes place in an abandoned military camp swimming hall. Myrkur performs with a full band and two choir singers, playing the new Folkesange album from start to finish.”
Myrkur has released a new single titled “Dronning Ellisiv.“ The track was recorded during the sessions for her latest album “Folkesange“ and the following was said about it:
“The single, a reimagining of a song by the great Harald Foss, tells the tale of the Grand Prince Yaroslav of Novgorod and his daughter Elisiv of Kiev. Elisiv would later marry King Harald of Norway and become Queen Consort of Norway in the 1040’s.”
Myrkur and Anna von Hausswolff have shared a cover of Björk‘s “All Is Full Of Love.“ Myrkur commented:
“From our homes in Denmark and Sweden we decided to record a simple, fragile and raw version of Björk‘s ‘All Is Full Of Love‘. A song we consider to be one of the most beautiful and encouraging songs, that is a reminder to stay open to receive love even in times like these.”
Myrkur has premiered a new song titled “Gudernes Vilje.” This track is from her new album “Folkesange,” which will be released on March 20. Myrkur said the following:
“I wrote this song about being given the biggest gift in life and then having it taken away from you. ‘Alt går som Gudernes Vilje’ means Everything goes according to the will of the Gods. We are only human and some of the biggest most important things in this life, are completely out of our control.”
Myrkur has premiered a new video for her new song “Leaves Of Yggdrasil.” This track is from her new album “Folkesange,” which will be released on March 20. Myrkur said the following:
“I wrote ‘Leaves Of Yggdrasil‘ about being apart from the one you love because of circumstances that are completely out of your control. The Norns weave the fates of Gods and man and sometimes that means very tough life situations. I wanted to create a song with the feeling of an old folk-tale, but with words that resonated with my own life today.”
Myrkur has premiered a new song titled “Ella.” This track is from her new album “Folkesange,” which will be released on March 20.
Myrkur said the following about the new track:
“[This is] the result of years of studying, playing and listening to traditional Nordic folk music. This is my version of a new folk-song, with roots planted in history and in the past. It is my ode to mankind and our connection with nature – a rite of passage as a woman and a rebirth-ritual in the sea.”
“Three years ago I decided to share a video where I performed an old Scandinavian folk-song on the nyckelharpa. After this I realized that I had a strong need to create an album within this universe and that other people also wished to hear this. So I started working on picking out what old songs to reinterpret as well as write my own version of this. ‘Ella‘ is this.”
“Folkesange” Track Listing:
02. “Fager Som En Ros”
03. “Leaves Of Yggdrasil”
05. “Tor I Helheim”
07. “Harpens Kraft”
09. “House Carpenter”
11. “Gudernes Vilje Vinter”