Kurgan Compass™

KURGAN COMPASS™

Album Review:
Nytt Land — ‘Ritual’

August 7, 2021 — Hailing from rural Siberia, NYTT LAND’s ancestral connections to Norse mythology remain uncertain at best. But, when it comes to the assertion that identity equates to authenticity, the artist trio who forms the eclectic NYTT LAND dispels that notion entirely.

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Weekly Roundup: NYTT LAND, Moonloom, Sun Dance Moon

August 6, 2021 — As Earth spins into August while the hay-making days of Norse summer month “Heyannir” draws to a close, Kurgan Compass’ neofolk adept James Paterson has harvested some interesting hearsay for the folk-minded in this week’s news roundup.

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Album Review:
Danheim — ‘Domadagr’

July 31, 2021 — Operating under the moniker Danheim, Copenhagen’s Mike Olsen has forged a successful career around the tonally rich palette of the expanding Nordic neofolk scene, with Danheim joining the likes of Wardruna, Heilung, and SKÁLD as one of the genre’s most-streamed artists — pulling in over 490,000 monthly listeners on Spotify alone.

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Initial Vibes:
DROTT — ‘Marauders’ (Single)

July 28, 2021 — In an eerie and distinctive release from the folk-touched cinematic metal act DROTT, Marauders emerges from the mist, conjuring a sense of spacious dread and surreal ambiance. James Paterson has listened carefully to the newest release from this unusual amalgamation of folk and darkwave electronica.

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Game Review:
‘Eastern Exorcist’

July 26, 2021 — The most recent release from Chinese publisher Bilibili, Eastern Exorcist is a hack-and-slash RPG that somewhat surprisingly does not make use of Free2Play mechanics — the established business practice in China for most games. Eastern Exorcist instead offers a more traditional approach to monetization — players pay once, as with a typical western title.

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Weekly Roundup: Danheim, Bjorth, Herknungr, Osi

July 24, 2021 — It has been a few busy days for fans of Nordic folk music — artists seem to be revving up for autumn and winter. Over the course of last week, news of upcoming albums and the haunting auditory delights of new tracks filtering into the Kurgan Compass™ sphere of awareness. Mark Ottarp provides a full roundup.

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Album Review:
Gealdyr — ‘Eptir Ragnarök’

July 17, 2021Eptir Ragnarök is the latest blossoming of the longstanding cooperation between growing Dutch neofolk artist Gealdyr (Jonathan Barendsma) and Danish dark-folk artist Danheim (musician and producer Mike Schæfer Olsen).

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Lightning Strikes Death To Remind Us Of Nature’s Peril

July 12, 2021 — If you are not a little shaken by the power of Mother Nature now may be the time to reconsider your position. During a storm that rolled through India’s western state, lightning struck a watchtower connected to an ancient defense structure from the 1100s, killing 11 tourists in the process.

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Editorial: The Rise of “HU” and Mongolian Folkrock

July 8, 2021 — Have you ever stumbled upon a new genre of music and wondered why it is been absent? You could be a 30-something lover of the auditory arts, but somehow, the distinct sounds of an entire subgenre of music have avoided your ears. And, to be honest, it is maddening.

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Initial Vibes:
Rúnfell — ‘Tyr’ (Single)

July 6, 2021 — German neofolk artist Rúnfell seeks to rekindle the spirits of their Nordic forebears through traditional instruments and powerful music that evoke weather-beaten ships and shores, long-forgotten battles, and the fickle gods of a bygone era.

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