The Haxan Cloak

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The Haxan Cloak
The Haxan Cloak live at 2014 Pitchfork Music Festival.jpg
The Haxan Cloak performing at the 2014 Pitchfork Music Festival
Background information
Birth nameBobby Krlic
Born1985 (age 33–34)
Wakefield, England
Occupation(s)Musician, composer, record producer
Years active2009–present
LabelsAurora Borealis
Tri Angle
Associated acts

Bobby Krlic (born 1985),[1] known by his stage name The Haxan Cloak, is a British musician and record producer.

Early life and education[edit]

Krlic was born and raised in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, England.[2] He studied music and visual arts at the University of Brighton.[3]

Music career[edit]

Krlic recorded the first, self-titled Haxan Cloak album in his parents' shed over the course of three years using strings, mics and a laptop, playing every instrument himself.[3][4][5] The second LP, Excavation, was released in 2013, and has a more electronic feel, using samples and heavy bass, along with distorted field recordings that Krlic recorded himself.[2][4][6]

In 2012, The Haxan Cloak released a limited edition, one track, 27-minute live recording, The Men Parted the Sea to Devour the Water, as a part of Southern Records' Latitudes series.[7] Krlic teamed up with American sludge metal band The Body to produce their 2014 album I Shall Die Here.[8][9] Spin called it "a match made in hell."[10] In August 2014, it was reported that Krlic is helping to produce the upcoming album from noise rock band HEALTH.[11] In January 2015, Krlic announced that he was collaborating on both Vulnicura, an album by Björk released on 20 January 2015,[12][13][14] and the score to Michael Mann's film Blackhat with Atticus Ross, released in theaters on 16 January 2015.[15] In 2016, Krlic continued his work with Ross, co-scoring Triple 9, directed by John Hillcoat,[16] and composing the soundtrack for the documentary Almost Holy, directed by Steve Hoover.[17] He provided the score for Ari Aster’s horror film Midsommar.


In 2014, The Haxan Cloak made its debut in the United States, with four dates total, in Washington, DC, New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles. He performed at the Brooklyn Masonic Temple along with Robert Henke and his music and light show, Lumière, and in Los Angeles with Pharmakon.[18] The New York Times called The Haxan Cloak's set "amorphous, ominous and immersive, a transcendent plunge into darkness and overwhelming pressure."[19]


Krlic's music is almost entirely instrumental, and is often described as dark and spooky, carefully constructed, textured and atmospheric, with heavy bass and elements of drone metal.[2][20][21] Of his albums, Krlic has said, "The first record was about a person's decline towards death, so this one's about the journey he takes afterwards."[2] The name Haxan Cloak derives from the Swedish "häxan", meaning "the witch".[2]

Excavation was rated a 9 out of 10 by Spin,[4] and an 8.7 out of 10 by Pitchfork,[20] who also named it the 29th-best album of 2013.[21] Rolling Stone named it the 16th-best dance album of 2013.[22]

Personal life[edit]

Krlic moved from London to Los Angeles in 2015, where he currently resides in the Silver Lake area.[23][24]



Year Title
2011 The Haxan Cloak
2013 Excavation
  • Released: 16 April 2013
  • Label: Tri Angle
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download

Extended plays[edit]

Year Title
2009 The Haxan Cloak
  • Released: 24 June 2009
  • Label: (self-released)
  • Formats: CD-R
  • Limited edition
2011 Observatory
  • Released: 11 July 2011
  • Label: Aurora Borealis
  • Formats: Cassette, CD, LP, digital download
2012 The Men Parted the Sea to Devour the Water
  • Released: 31 July 2012
  • Label: Latitudes
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download
  • Limited edition


Year Film Artist Details
2015 Blackhat Atticus Ross Programmer
2016 Triple 9 Atticus Ross, Leopold Ross, Claudia Sarne Composer, engineer, mixer, performer, producer, programmer
Almost Holy Atticus Ross, Leopold Ross, Bobby Krlic Performer, composer
2019 Midsommar Bobby Krlic Composer[25]

Songwriting and production credits[edit]

Title Year Artist Album Songwriter Producer
Primary Secondary Additional Vocal
"To Carry the Seeds of Death Within In" 2014 The Body I Shall Die Here ☑Y
"Alone All the Way" ☑Y
"The Night Knows No Dawn" ☑Y
"Hail to Thee, Everlasting Pain" ☑Y
"Our Souls Were Clean" ☑Y
"Darkness Surrounds Us" ☑Y
"Like Chrome" Wife What's Between ☑Y
"Tongue" ☑Y
"Heart is a Far Light" ☑Y
"Salvage" ☑Y
"Dans Ce" ☑Y
"A Nature (Shards)" ☑Y
"Living Joy" ☑Y
"Fruit Tree" ☑Y
"Further Not Better" ☑Y
"Unites" Lost Under Heaven Spiritual Songs for Lovers to Sing ☑Y
"Family" 2015 Bjork Vulnicura ☑Y
"Victim" Health Death Magic ☑Y
"I&I" 2016 Lost Under Heaven Spiritual Songs for Lovers to Sing ☑Y
"Beneath the Concrete" ☑Y
"Future Blues" ☑Y
"Someday Come" ☑Y
"$oro" ☑Y
"Here Our Moment Ends" ☑Y
"Loyalty" ☑Y
"Lost Under Heaven" ☑Y
"First Eye to the New Sky" ☑Y
"Lament" ☑Y
"The Great Longing" ☑Y
"Flickering" Serpentwithfeet Blisters EP ☑Y
"Blisters" ☑Y ☑Y
"Four Ethers" ☑Y
(featuring Andre Goldenhuys)
"Redemption" ☑Y
"Anymore" 2017 Goldfrapp Silver Eye ☑Y
"Tigerman" ☑Y
"Become the One" ☑Y
"Faux Seude Drifter" ☑Y ☑Y
"Zodiac Black" ☑Y
"Moon in Your Mouth" ☑Y
"Ocean" ☑Y
"Animal" 2018 Troye Sivan Bloom ☑Y
"Fallin' Rain" Father John Misty Non-album single ☑Y
"Heaven" 2019 Khalid Free Spirit ☑Y ☑Y


  1. ^ “New Talent: The Haxan Cloak,” Fact, 29 July 2011.
  2. ^ a b c d e Larry Fitzmaurice, “Rising: The Haxan Cloak,” Pitchfork, 21 February 2013.
  3. ^ a b Nick Johnstone, “Interview: The Haxan Cloak,” Archived 27 February 2014 at the Wayback Machine The Stool Pigeon, 8 January 2013.
  4. ^ a b c Philip Sherburne, “The Haxan Cloak, ‘Excavation’,” Spin, 16 April 2013.
  5. ^ Rory Gibb, “Hubble, Bubble, Toil & Trouble: The Haxan Cloak Interview,” The Quietus, 30 November 2011.
  6. ^ Maya Kalev, “Deeper Underground: An Interview With The Haxan Cloak,” The Quietus, 15 April 2013.
  7. ^ “The Haxan Cloak next in Southern Lord Latitudes series,” The Wire, 7 February 2012.
  8. ^ Sean O'Neal, “The Body and The Haxan Cloak combine dark forces,” The A.V. Club, 20 February 2014.
  9. ^ Nick Heyland, "The Body: I Shall Die Here," Pitchfork, 3 April 2014.
  10. ^ Marc Hogan, "Watch the Body's Harrowing 'At the Mercy of It All' Short Film," Spin, 4 April 2014.
  11. ^ Zoe Camp, "HEALTH Collaborating with the Haxan Cloak on New Album," Pitchfork, 28 August 2014.
  12. ^ Haxan Cloak, Twitter, "I can now share, with equal parts humility and excitement.." Twitter, 06 January 2015.
  13. ^ Brandle, Lars (14 January 2015). "Bjork Shares Details on New Album 'Vulnicura'". Billboard. Billboard. Retrieved 14 January 2015.
  14. ^ Emily Witt, "The Peculiar Genius of Bjork," T: The New York Times Style Magazine, January 23, 2015.
  15. ^ Jen Yamato, "‘Blackhat’ Composer Backs Down After Slamming Michael Mann Over Score" Deadline Hollywood, January 13, 2015.
  16. ^ Melinda Newman, "Atticus Ross on the Challenges of Scoring John Hillcoat's 'Triple 9'," The Hollywood Reporter, February 26, 2016.
  17. ^ Marc Masters, "Almost Holy OST," Pitchfork, August 20, 2016.
  18. ^ Ryan Book, "The Haxan Cloak to tour United States for first time with artist Robert Henke," Music Times, 7 May 2014.
  19. ^ Jon Pareles, "An Electronic Double Bill to Shiver the Timbers," The New York Times, 12 May 2014.
  20. ^ a b Nick Neyland, “The Haxan Cloak: Excavation,” Pitchfork, 17 April 2013.
  21. ^ a b Grayson Haver Currin, “The Top 50 Albums,” Pitchfork, 18 December 2013.
  22. ^ “20 Best Dance Albums of 2013,” Rolling Stone. Retrieved 26 February 2014.
  23. ^ "The Haxan Cloak on His Electronic Drone Metal: "I Want to Be the Most Intense Thing on the Bill Wherever I Play"". Thump. Retrieved 9 August 2017.
  24. ^ "New studio coming along slowly... @ Silverlake, La". Twitter. 23 September 2016. Retrieved 9 August 2017.
  25. ^ Strauss, Matthew (19 June 2019). "The Haxan Cloak Releasing Score for New Film Midsommar". Pitchfork. Retrieved 19 June 2019.

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