Ulver is back and even heavier on the dance aspect of their sound (which is a good thing)! The band just released their new song “Russian Doll” and are beginning to tease a new album due out later this year. Bonus points to the band for having choreographer and dancer Annija Raibekaze wear a shirt with Ulver’s 1995 album Bergtatt – Et Eeventyr i 5 Capitler on it!
Vocalist Kristoffer Rygg explains the track.
“Although this is pop music in our heads, the images and connotations in the lyrics are probably far away from what one usually associates with this genre. It actually began with some images and memories from the movie Lilja 4 ever by Lukas Moodysson; a dark and disillusioning film about human trafficking in the Baltic.
“‘Russian Doll’ refers to the babushka, we began to think about this figure in the extension of Lilja 4ever and Eastern Europe. The doll became an object, an object of desire, which we mixed with mise-en-abyme – a composition technique that places pictures, or stories for that matter, inside each other. In this context we see it as a kind of vicious circle, unfolding inwards.”
The video was directed by Marek Steven and filmed in Thamesmead, London, where A Clockwork Orange and Aphex Twin’s “Come to Daddy” were both filmed.
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