Release: May 7th, 2021
Alexander Grandjean - "Spirits" feat. Maenad (music video)
Director: Sara Jordan
With: Magnus Ingemann Pedersen, Hávard Magnussen
D.O.P: Sara Jordan
Assistant: Lulu Safia
With poetic yet haunting lyrics and quirky vocals, the new single from Danish artist Alexander Grandjean talks about the emptiness after a loss. “Spirits” is the fourth song from his 2021 album “Via Motion” (out next month) and features the mysterious singer Maenad.
With a bouncing groove and a dark and soulful production, we’re invited into the melancholic mind of the Scandinavian producer, writer and artist:
"You sing a song of brightness
Of burning woods in fall
Maybe for a moment
I could follow through the walls"
“The song is about losing someone you love”, Grandjean explains. “I wrote it with a friend who, at the time, just lost a child in late pregnancy. Our conversations sparked the idea for the song, which we wrote together. I like to write with multiple layers, and to me “Spirits” is a broad expression of love and an attempt to put the emptiness after a loss into words. It could be a friend, a parent, an unborn child, or a part of yourself that you’ve had to let go of.”
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: May 7th, 2021
Label: Dreamwriters / Omana Music