In retrospect, this song is a journey through a lot of emotions and stories.
It especially catches the essence of the eternal/internal feeling of searching for love—the aesthetic of beauty and loss.
The Abyss was inspired by a piece of music called Jesus Blood Never Failed Me Yet, written by Tom Waits and Philip Glass. I believe it was a natural transformation of the music within me and my own feelings of loss—the confused emotions of not feeling love towards myself—that created the piece. It’s about transformation and the knowledge that love has to be found within before it can grow beyond ourselves.
Inger Stamp, who created the video, works with a clean and minimal aesthetic expression. Her idea was based on creating a claustrophobic and emotionally charged video to complement the sentiments of the music. Drowning came about in the sense that the feeling of being unloved is a bit like constantly fighting to keep oneself above the tide of emotions. The drowning becomes symbolic of the feeling—drowning in fear. But the moment you actually surrender, you can overcome the feeling, so that the fear dissipates and you’re free!
Esther Maria is an independent songwriter/musician residing in Denmark. She’s an explorer of life, streets, people, dark and light places, all of the above and everything within. She’s a yoga practitioner, Buddhist rebel, confused and slightly dazed, but does her uttermost to be kind, write poetry and get along with life, love and her fellow beings.
Edited by Malin Bergman
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