The producer credit on Björk’s latest album, Vulnicura is mainly attributed to Björk and Venezuelan visionary, Arca. But on the song Family, there’s a collaboration with The Haxan Cloak – and one wonders who The Haxan Cloak actually is?
What we do know is that his real name is Bobby Krlic and he comes from Wakefield in Yorkshire, who knew that such mysterious characters were growing there, but not every electronic, ambient musician comes from Berlin or some trendy city in deepest darkest Europe.
(In this picture he looks remarkably like a Rembrandt self-portrait).
How he came to the attention of Björk is rather simple – she must have heard his music. Excavation, his second album is a dark, ambient drone, like an awakening in hell. Drums punctuate devilish armies and beasts scurry in the shadows. It is one of the most entertaining doom laden albums I’ve ever heard (there’s nothing like entertaining doom)! Evocative, scary, it’s wet tunnels, black streets, unknown footsteps in the distance, but its genius is that it lives (or dies) both in the murky underworld of dirty cities or the unknown distant worlds beyond the stars.
Listen and die happy…