I’ll be honest, I haven’t spent much time with the latest effort from Kvelertak. It’s not that I don’t think Nattesferd isn’t a solid album. It is. But it’s more that Kvelertak have always been a live band for me. I discovered them in a live setting, they blew me away, and I just don’t think anything they have put on record has matched that level of enjoyment. A snobby approach perhaps, but whatever. And as a follow up thought, yes their live show is that good. Regardless, we sit here now addressing their new music video for the title-track of this most recent effort. And let me tell you, it’s some kind of entertaining.
“Nattesferd” as a stand alone song is enjoyable enough. It’s upbeat, catchy, full of life, and rather easy to listen to. A nice dose of melody within Kvelertak’s rather chaotic sound makes for a song you really can’t help by tap your foot to. The keyboard work is a bit overdone, perhaps. Maybe overly modern sounding to the point of ridiculous. But the chorus is absolutely singable and the subtle underlying acoustic guitar elements work very well. So overall it’s a decent enough track. The video, on the other hand, takes the semi-ridiculousness of the music and projects it several levels further.
If you’re into scifi, you’re going to love this. A lone space traveler crashes onto an assumed unknown planet, and you kinda feel for him as he emerges from the wreckage. He appears to be tracking some sort of triangle-shaped… planet? ship? in the sky while another wanderer is present nearby. Nothing really seems to get resolved as one triangle turns into several before they all disappear into the atmosphere, apparently leaving this poor man stranded on a shoreline. The only thing we are left with is a final image of another ship falling out of the sky in the same manner our main character did.
All in all, it’s an interesting story and Kvelertak manage to condense quite a bit of activity into a short track (under five minutes). Furthermore, the visual aspect of this scene is absolutely stunning. The video was shot on Fårö, an island off the south east coast of Sweden, and it makes for some really cool landscapes. Sure, the story itself is a little over the top, much like the song, but it certainly has the entertainment factor locked in with the help of some killer views. And we’re even left with a bit of a cliff hanger, so what’s not to like about that?
“Ein Bier… bitte.”