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.

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Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites and Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.