“Fantasy” By Aoife Nessa Frances
Aoife Nessa Frances has shared “Fantasy.” The new single was written as the Irish singer/songwriter was learning to read Tarot cards and took particular inspiration from the High Priestess card. Originally recorded during the sessions for her album Protector, the track floats effortlessly, conveying a serenity like early morning, anchored by Frances’ deep voice and flourishes of harp. Earlier this month, Frances released two covers for Aquarium Drunkard’s Lagniappe Session series, performing “Always Something” by Yo La Tengo and “Shipbuilding” by Elvis Costello.
Frances says: “With “Fantasy’” I took inspiration from the High Priestess Tarot card. I was learning to read tarot at the time of writing the song, spending time with each card so that I could soak in meaning. The High Priestess depicts a woman sitting on a throne, between two pillars symbolising her role as a mediator between the different worlds. Drawing on this imagery, I wrote “Fantasy” as a reflection of her essence and symbolism. She embodies the bridge between two worlds, connecting the realms of intuition and the conscious mind. Each lyric connects to her and her surroundings: swimming between the pillars as a form of duality, standing at the threshold, guarding the secrets to the subconscious mind, darkness and light, femininity and masculinity. Water as emotion; representing the depths of the unconscious mind, bringing a sense of fluidity and adaptability, emphasising the importance of embracing change and allowing emotions to flow naturally. The falling fruit as a symbol for change and transformation, the pomegranate from the cards imagery, a symbol for sexuality and regeneration. Writing ‘Fantasy’ took me on my own journey of self-discovery, connecting me to my own intuition. Méabh McKenna’s harp throughout the song acts like a flowing river, a constant presence that underscores the meaning. While “Fantasy” was written during the same period as ‘Protector,’ I decided to keep it separate because it occupies a unique space for me.”
Frances’ music is submerged in the sonic landscapes of psychedelic, experimental pop and ambient folk. Flecks of everything from Broadcast and Amen Dunes to Patti Smith, Radiohead and Alice Coltrane. In the last year she has toured with Destroyer, The Weather Station, Alex Cameron and The New Pornographers. ‘Protector’ was nominated for Irish Album of the Year at the RTÉ Choice Music Prize ceremony.
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