Aoife Nessa Frances has released her second song since the release of 2022’s album Protector, and has announced a special Dublin show for this October.
‘Fantasy’ is a song that the Irish singer-songwriter wrote after learning to read Tarot cards with particular inspiration coming from from the High Priestess card. It was originally recorded during the Protector sessions, along with ‘Automatic Love’, and continues the album’s pastoral folk and harp sound.
Aoife Nessa Frances
“With ‘Fantasy’ I took inspiration from the High Priestess Tarot card. I was learning to read tarot at the time of writing the song, spending time with each card so that I could soak in meaning. The High Priestess depicts a woman sitting on a throne, between two pillars symbolising her role as a mediator between the different worlds. Drawing on this imagery, I wrote ‘Fantasy’ as a reflection of her essence and symbolism. She embodies the bridge between two worlds, connecting the realms of intuition and the conscious mind. Each lyric connects to her and her surroundings: swimming between the pillars as a form of duality, standing at the threshold, guarding the secrets to the subconscious mind, darkness and light, femininity and masculinity. Water as emotion; representing the depths of the unconscious mind, bringing a sense of fluidity and adaptability, emphasising the importance of embracing change and allowing emotions to flow naturally. The falling fruit as a symbol for change and transformation, the pomegranate from the cards imagery, a symbol for sexuality and regeneration. Writing ‘Fantasy’ took me on my own journey of self-discovery, connecting me to my own intuition. Méabh McKenna’s harp throughout the song acts like a flowing river, a constant presence that underscores the meaning. While ‘Fantasy’ was written during the same period as ‘Protector,’ I decided to keep it separate because it occupies a unique space for me.”
Welcome to an audio visual deep dive into the music of Aoife Nessa Frances has also announced a special show at The Complex in Dublin on October 14th with her Protector live and and special guests in an A/V show.
Tickets from €21.95 available Thursday, 24th August at 10am.
Earlier this month, Frances released two covers for Aquarium Drunkard’s Lagniappe Session series, performing ‘Always Something’ by Yo La Tengo and ‘Shipbuilding’ by Elvis Costello.
Frances has also done a Take Away Show for Le Blogotheque.
Oct 14: The Complex, Dublin, IE
Ticket link here