Swedish rockers Gaupa have released the third single from their forthcoming record Myriad entitled “Moloken.” Haunting. Atmospheric. Personal. All are apt descriptions of “Moloken.”
Vocalist Emma Näslund states:
“‘Moloken’ is a Swedish word that according to Google translate means ‘the moloch.’ Whether this is true, I can’t tell you. It comes down to the concept of Swedish melancholy—to be downcast and to feel small. This is a highly Swedish thing, and I would say it peaks in November, when the fire leafs have fallen, and the trees are naked patiently awaiting their winter coat of frost and snow.
“This is when you really start to feel the darkness. It seeps into every inch of your being. I think this feeling is captured in this song, which is not really a happy go lucky tune. Whether it comes from you, the world, a strung out relationship, or just the weather isn’t really important, there is just this feeling. But as soon as the snow sets, the sky lightens, and another wave of hope enters.”
Gaupa’s sophomore album Myriad straddles the boundary lines of progressive rock, psychedelic and stoner rock, and doom and folk. The record drops November 18 via Nuclear Blast.
Stream or download “Moloken” here.
Preorder Myriad here.