“You have the ability to reinvent yourself, endlessly. That’s your beauty.”
Lidia Yuknavitch in her Misfit Manifesto
We are delighted to premiere the new single/video, “Skeleton Woman” from Astrid Swan’s beautiful and intensely personal album “From the Bed and Beyond” (Soliti Music). As it happens, it’s my favouite song from the record and probably the most conventional pop/rock tune on there in many ways. The chorus is just perfect – a freedom manifesto “I am a skeleton woman and you can’t keep me”. It’s a song you can’t wait to hear again and again.
One of the features of the album is the coherent and distinctive visual signature. A close collaboration with artist, photographer and video maker Tekla Vály has put a stamp on everything from cover to videos, related photos and the much celebrated live shows surrounding the release – and it continues with this arresting film – a fairground attraction, a vintage document, a zoetrope capturing an impossible, antique legend.
Astrid tells us more about the song’s meaning and interpretation:
‘Skeleton woman’ is an ancient story about life, death, love and reinvention. The mangled and broken bones of a long-gone skeleton woman in the middle of a lake get caught in a fisher man’s fishing stick. The Skeleton Woman rises, follows the scared man home and there, he puts her together. In the night, when the fisherman sleeps, Skeleton Woman drinks his tears to quench her thirst and thus becomes a living, breathing woman again. They fall in love.
My Skeleton Woman is a song of resistance. It is a song of owning my narrative, making beauty and life where death presides. My song is also a lament, because death is always already present. We are facing each other only for a fleeting moment. Love is our best bet and our wildest dream.”
Song by Astrid Swan
Direction, cinematography, editing, script; photos – Tekla Vály
Skeleton Woman – Tiina Sysimusta
Woman on bed – Astrid Swan