There's some wonderfully witchey and myth-soaked music being made these days -- some of it by young women who must surely have books like Mythago Wood and Someplace to be Flying on their shelves. Here are two of my favorites at the moment: "When I Grow Up" by Swedish electronic artist Karin Dreijer Andersson, who records under the name Fever Ray (above), and "Daniel" by the amazing Natasha Khan of the English band Bat for Lashes (below).
These two videos are a bit over the top...both magical and absurd in equal measure...but that's precisely what I love about them. There's something so wonderful about the work of creative artists still young enough that they're not overly worried about embarrassing themselves. We often become more self-critical, and therefore more self-conscious, as we grow older and our art matures...and if we're not careful we can lose some of the raw passion that fuelled our most interesting work when we were young.
In that spirit, I've put up a new note over my desk today: Dare to be ridiculous!
(More Bat for Lashes here and here. More Fever Ray here.)