The hauntingly brilliant folk-prog artist Dikajee has unveiled her new video for ‘Glorious Beautiful Magical’, taken from her mesmerising debut full-length album Forget~Me~Nots, out now.
Watch here: https://youtu.be/bJsA9Gv-VB0
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The artist comments: “‘Glorious Beautiful Magical’ is a song of your inner source of strength, life. It’s about your personal childhood memory or a place that you can come back to and charge no matter how dark it is around you. It might be a melody or a quote that brings your confidence and passion to live, you can charge from it. It’s individual for everyone. It’s scenery. It is like a “light that never goes out”, it’s a hymn of freedom and wilderness and gratitude to that strange thing that makes me feel part of something bigger than myself and gives me strength.”
Such an approach is truly typical of this brilliant artist, and an album recorded throughout Europe, and with a truly international cadre and calibre of musician. Recording and producing in Norway, Portugal, Germany, France, Latvia, Russia, Forget~Me~Nots features guest appearances from Faun‘s Fiona Rüggeberg (bagpipes), Klone‘s Guillaume Bernard (guitars), Erik Truffaz‘s Artis Orubs (drums) and Amber Foil‘s João Filipe (guitars) among others.
The international, collaborative outlook pays dividends across a record that showcases the best of folk, minimalist electronic, neo-baroque, neo-classical and truly inventive progressive rock. Above all else shines through Dikajee‘s voice, a once-in-a-generation talent that recalls the best of Bjork and Kate Bush. Musically, shades of Steven Wilson, Nightwish, and Gentle Giant shine through.
Across Forget~Me~NotsDikajee‘s gloriously imaginative ethos is heard again and again. Track Four, ‘River Rite’, is a self-described “pagan ritual” song, which plays on the dual parables of the energy of floral wreaths, and of the wiseman by the river. The closing track, ‘Something Mystique’ is an exploration of the state of loss, and involved the visiting of more than ten abandoned grand estates of the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries.
An artist who has previously toured Germany and Switzerland, opened for Yann Tiersen, Recoil (Depeche Mode‘s Alan Wilder), and Nils Petter Molvær; and placed in Prog Magazine’s Top Unsigned Bands, Dikajee will deservedly have a bright and illustrious future.