Not long now before Karisma Records releases “Nordisk Krim” the latest album from Psychedelic Folk Rock Proggers TUSMØRKE, for whom the album has a particular significance, since, having developed a fascination with the subject matter long ago, it is an album they have dreamt of making for most of their lives.
It was as children visiting in the museums at Moesgaard and Silkeborg that they first laid eyes on the famous Danish Bog Bodies with their orange hair, and where the seeds were sown for the project that was to eventually become “Nordisk Krim”. As the band explains:
Nordisk Krim, which means Nordic Noir, refers to the fact that the bog bodies were first thought to be a police matter. In reality, the true crime was disturbing the gifts to the gods in their slumber. Nordisk Krim celebrates the willing victims of ancient rites, those whose bodies are in the bog, but whose souls are among the stars in the heavens.
Everyone knows about mummification of bodies in Egypt, but maybe not everyone knows how the myths and practices surrounding those mummies affected bodies found elsewhere, even when those bodies had mummified due to natural conditions, as was the case in Scandinavia. So today, with the release of the single “Mumia” TUSMØRKE gives a glimpse into the ancient practices, and the myths.
“Mumia” can be streamed or downloaded from a number of services at https://karismarecords.fanlink.to/Tusmorke_Mumia
TUSMØRKEwere happy to give us this insight into their own quirky take on the subject of “Mumia”:
Ancient as well as early modern medicine was attracted to anything spectacular as a cure for any ailment, whether it was ingesting mercury against syphilis, smoking herbs up the arse against constipation or drinking aquavit against a common cold. The king of ineffective cures was arguably pulverised mummies, imported from Egypt to treat diverse maladies. Something preserved for five thousand years must be good for something, right?
Egypt was far away from Scandinavia, however, a fact that spawned the questionable business idea of pulverising bog bodies, marketed as mummy powder, or mumia. It can be argued that this was just as effective as the original Egyptian medicine. However, it also turned a number of suffering patients into ghouls. Worth a song, anyway.
The lineup on “Nordisk Krim” includes Benediktator (bass & vocals), Krizla (flute & vocals), HlewagastiR (drums), Haugebonden Gode Gullstein (keys) and Åsa Ree (violin), who recorded and produced the whole thing in Benedikator’s home studio (Det Ytre Rommet). Apart, of course, from some field recordings and some bubble noises recorded in the bathtub (The Bubble Bath of Blood).
“Nordisk Krim”, which will hit the streets on the 26th February, is a double concept album coming in at a whopping 82 minutes. With artwork by Anne Margrete Sjøflot for both the album and all the singles, track listing is as follows:
- Ride the Whimbrel
- Age of Iron Man
- Cauldron Bog
- Dog’s Flesh
- Moss Goddess
- Black Incubation
- Et Moselik
- (The Marvellous and Murderous) Mysteries of Sacrifice
“Nordisk Krim” will be available in digital, double CD and double LP formats, with the vinyl being limited to 666 copies in transparent magenta. It can be pre-ordered from:
US Webshop: https://karismarecords.aisamerch.com/
A video for the previously released single “Age of Iron Man” can be seen at https://youtu.be/Xj-BA1hURB8