Anna Mieke Debuts Video for New Single “Mannequin”

Anna Mieke releases her enchanting new song “Mannequin” and its beautifully shot, cinematic video, directed by Anna Heisterkamp. The third single off her forthcoming album, Theatre—due out November 18th via Nettwerk—Anna Mieke says “Mannequin” was lyrically inspired in part by a Jane Kenyon poem, “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,” she explains. “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.”

In the video, Heisterkamp adds: “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.”