Simen Mitlid: “Murders”

By: Eric Reyes
July 10, 2020

There is a somber beauty to this track. Norwegian Indie Folk artist Simen Mitlid really captured something in his latest track, “Murders.” His voice is never much higher than a sigh, a whisper. It’s like a lullaby sung by someone who knows an end, the end, is coming. Someone who holds no hate or anger, just the knowledge that the credits are gonna roll any time soon. 

The instrumentals are so understated, supportive, so simple and pleasant. They’re there as a part of the vibe, completing the emotional picture. I found myself transported back to one particularly dark period in my life. I was standing on the sandy edge of an eroded cliff in Fort Funston, in San Francisco. It was overcast, misty, cold. I just looked out into the endless grey sea, the roar of the waves below drowning out my thoughts, clearing my head. I remember smiling.

That’s what this song is like. The audio equivalent of listening to the ocean wear away at the shore, inexhaustibly, till it crumbles away. Not out of malice, but just because. Just because. Stream the track below, and tell us what you think of it on social media at: @gasmaskmagazine.

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