Release: March 26th, 2021
Alexander Grandjean - "On My Mind" feat. Maenad (music video)
Director: Sara Jordan
With: Lulu Safia
D.O.P: Sara Jordan
Danish artist Alexander Grandjean sets us off with slow, simple, soulful chords and a crisp drum loop. “On My Mind” is the second song from Grandjean’s debut album “Via Motion” and features the mysterious singer Maenad.
The groove is bouncing, the vibe is dark, but the vocals are bright and melancholic all the way until the Scandinavian producer, writer and artist sets us free with a Bon Iver’esque outro filled with horns, choir and live drums. He asks:
"On our way, outer space,
are we out of time?
All the way, all in grey, when it pours down in paradise
We’re supposed to be right, you were supposed to be mine
But you fell off the throne, yeah
Killing all the feelings in my body
While our kingdom’s running wild"
Instead of a chorus, “On My Mind” has just that one line, repeating after each verse: ”You’re on my mind”, giving the R&B track a poetic Dylan-twist. The video is directed by Sara Jordan and portrays Danish dancer and choreographer Lulu Safia expressing love and longing in a timeless space.
The featured artist ‘Maenad’ is not one singer, but an artist collective started by Alexander Grandjean consisting of Danish and international singers. The name is a reference to the followers of the ancient Greek god Dionysus: Maenads. Inspired by this, Maenad's mission is to inspire the listener to dream, feel, and temporarily escape worry, anxiety, and stress through music.
Alexander Grandjean is a Danish artist, songwriter, and producer releasing his first solo album (summer 2021). He has produced and written songs for European hiphop/R&B artists such as German soul/reggae singer Nneka, Danish R&B singer Freja Kirk, and rappers Sivas (Denmark) and Yes-R (Holland).
Grandjean’s 2021 album “Via Motion” is an ambitious and artistic cross-genre piece that nods to hiphop producers like James Blake, Frank Ocean and Kanye West as well as indie/folk artists such as Bon Iver. The songs are a mix of melodic pop hooks, heavy bass and distorted guitars, organic textures of live saxophones, trumpets and big choirs, mixed with drum machines and samples.
Grandjean is producing and writing. With a mix of his own and other artists’ vocals, he creates a dreamy, romantic and melancholic vibe. Borders are blurred and genres are mixed - making the whole project both timeless and contemporary.
Release date: March 26th, 2021
Label: Dreamwriters / Omana Music