Recreating the Folk Music of the Vikings

Krauka Bylur

Bylur (Musikpress MPCD 25, 2006)

Danish band Krauka performs music that is completely different from what most people recognize as Nordic music. Instead of abundant virtuoso fiddles, accordions and nyckelharpa, Krauka "recreates the  tones and songs of the Viking era". They use drums and percussion, tribal chanting, Icelandic singing, horns, flute, guitar and electronics.

On their latest Cd, Bylur, the music sounds at times tribal and harsh, but in other parts it sounds like very melodic European Medieval music with minstrel flutes. Certainly not the scary warrior music one might expect from such legendary travelers/raiders.

This intriguing album can be found at the following locations: