Swedish newcomer Menke has a certain poetry to her sound.

Literally. After all, debut single 'Moln' - powerful, strident, and yet subtle - was inspired by Swedish poet Karin Boye’s classic poem with the same name.

She explains: “I more or less stumbled over Karin Boye’s poetry by accident to be honest. I was just home one day, and out of boredom I picked a book randomly from the bookshelf. That book was a collection of poems by Karin Boye.”

“I opened it up and read the first one, a poem called ’Moln’. It struck me like lightning. The words had such a thorough impact on me and as I read along I kept hearing this music in my head. Music that grew and came alive as I read the poem for the first time.”

There's a pastoral beauty, an innate romance, to Menke's single, with those tumbling string section notes fluttering alongside that urgent vocal.

Unfolding at its own pace, 'Moln' feels remarkably confident; a poised, coiled work, full of restrained emotion and all the more affecting for that.

Clash is able to bring you the full video before anyone else - shot in a misty forest, it's infused with the same mystery that makes Menke's music so fascinating.

Tune in now.

Join us on Vero, as we get under the skin of global cultural happenings. Follow Clash Magazine as we skip merrily between clubs, concerts, interviews and photo shoots. Get backstage sneak peeks and a true view into our world as the fun and games unfold.

Buy Clash Magazine


Follow Clash: