At the beginning of this crazy year 2020, I found myself listening to a lot of dungeon synth. If you haven’t heard of it (neither had I) – it’s a subgenre of dark ambient, influenced by Dead can Dance (or so I heard!) and often sounds like RPG music. I’ve been a fan of game music for a long time, so this genre was an exciting find!
Needless to say, it didn’t take long for inspiration to hit me and it happened on the night of a full moon (I find working with the phases of the moon makes everything even more magical). Emotionally drained and exhausted, I felt the need to cocoon myself in some dreamy, dark sounds, so I started weaving…
What’s weird about this is how well the theme of “Moon Cocoon” fit the lockdowns, shelter in place, global covid-19 pandemic and isolation to follow, not long after I wrote this song. When the UK went into lockdown, I decided I wanted to release it sooner, hoping it would help and inspire others in a time of need and uncertainty. The original plan was to release it with my next album but that no longer felt right. It needed to be out there NOW.
I also performed a “live” version of Moon Cocoon for FAE Magazine’s Instagram. It was a challenging thing to do and pushed my mental boundaries, as we just went into lockdown a couple of days ago and my mind was full of fear and anxiety – and I know I wasn’t the only one feeling this way of course!
However I’m so glad I did this for you guys! Some of the most amazing feedback was how this song helped people – care workers, essential workers and those of us stuck at home, who were feeling lonely.
As I write this, we might be looking at a second wave here in the UK. I hope this blog post finds you well, wherever you are. And please know, you are not alone, no matter how lonely you might be feeling right now.
Love and Unicorns,