Icelandic singer-songwriter Sóley returns to her solo work after several years of collaborating with other artists. During that time she’s been hugely experimental. She was hardly mainstream with her indie-pop / haunted piano style previously, this time she’s bringing that experimental vision back to her own work. ‘Mother Melloncholia’ is her new album is a concept album that is a tongue in cheek eulogy to planet Earth. Across the album, she will be exploring the idea of Ecofeminism. This is the principle that women and nature must be respected but also separated. This goes back to the idea of Mother Nature and that the two are interconnected and volatile or in need of control and cultivation. Sóley draws comparisons between the way we abuse the Earth and the way women are abused too.
‘Sunrise Skulls’ is the lead single and one of the cinematic moments of the album. Moving from twinkling pianos to sweeping strings and then a warped twisted aftertouch, the song works as a great stepping stone between past and present Sóley. It’s a beautifully haunting piece made all the more poignant with its artistic music video. The video is the first part of a series of videos to create a film, also called ‘Mother Melancholia’ to run alongside the album.
Enjoy the single below, it’s out now. To keep up to date with Sóley’s music, visit her website. ‘Mother Melancholia’ is due for release on the 22nd of October.
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