Anna Mieke shares new single and video for ‘Mannequin’
Anna Mieke radiates on her third single off her forthcoming album, Theatre.
Irish folk multi-instrumentalist Anna Mieke has released the third single off her forthcoming album, Theatre. The track is a fragile 6-minute exploration of repetitive low-key drums and guitars combined with Mieke’s soft and delicate vocals.
Mieke gives some insight into the song’s inspiration:
“Lyrically, the song was partially inspired by a Jane Kenyon poem called ‘Otherwise.’ The first line of the song is one that repeats in the poem. There’s a feeling of being an observer, a witness, of being observed in performance, a play, and the rituals of moving through life. An acknowledgement of things coming to an end, and how nothing is meant to stay the same. A kind of imagined underworld exists in this song, too: it lives in a hot climate and I imagine a jungle, desert, tropical birds when I hear it. There’s a sort of darkness present: porcelain eyes, staring; blood; being consumed; a gun. I’d barely finished writing the song and hadn’t practiced it a whole lot when we recorded it, and Matt and Ryan, who play on the live core take, had barely heard it before, so there’s a sort of tension there—a hanging on to an edge. One reference I had for the arrangement of this song was the music composed for ‘Peter And The Wolf’ by Sergei Prokofiev.”
The video was directed and edited by Anna Heisterkamp who describes the video:
“It’s an assemblage of how it felt to listen to this song over and over with different lines standing out each time, and how it feels to move to a song someone has described to you before you listen to it properly. I wanted to look at the stark contrast between nothing and something slight, the feeling of falling and watching someone fall, distortion of the natural.”
‘Mannequin’ is out today.
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