Through the forbidding darkness of the woods and a faint moonlight that might guide our path, we discover the hazy images of a band in Garmarna completely isolated by a melody as wicked as it is hypnotic in nature. In this music video for their new single “Dagen Flyr,” we aren’t given the opportunity to turn back from this shady venture off the beaten path – the music is too strong, the harmonies too entrancing, and the band too good for us to dismiss their siren song as anything other than the sole sonic incantation we need to hear right now.
The instrumentation in “Dagen Flyr” is, in reality, very simple, but what makes it feel sophisticated and complicated beyond the scope of what the status quo calls for is the manner in which it’s being arranged here. The strings roll forth on the back of the percussion as opposed to the other way around, with the vocals riding atop the mix like some divine, angelic force hovering above an army storming the castle of some rotten tyrant soon to meet his maker. It’s anthemic and powerfully intoxicating, but startlingly pop-friendly through its polished and radio-ready production quality.
I hadn’t heard of Garmarna before listening to this latest release and checking out the music video it inspired just recently, but if “Dagen Flyr” is an appropriate sampling of what their artistry truly consists of, it’s surprising to me that I’m just hearing about their work for the first time now. The age of scene politics and regional definition in music is finally coming into extinction thanks to a Soundcloud-born culture of international collaborations and independent press reporting, and right now, a band like this one has one of the best shots at crossing over to the American market despite refusing to give up the cultural faceting that makes them who they are. I love the story, and moreover, the music it’s producing in “Dagen Flyr.”