Elle Noir‘s “The Day I Died” is a mercurial and melodic ballad that weaves a shadowy yet comforting spell upon the listener’s senses.
“The Day I Died” is the metaphor of emotional death. It tells of a world where nothing has value anymore, which is also an inner world given by mental states like depression.
The gothic singer has cited Nightwish, Smashing Pumpkins Adore era and Marilyn Manson as formative steps in the development of her musical awareness, but this song also leans into an even more somber and diaphanous sort of rippling melancholic musing that, while sung beautifully, feels nonetheless like a personal secret or inner monologue that has somehow spilled into the light of day.
“My inner worlds are always autobiographical, my songs are always lived in the first person. Death, mental illness and emotional states of discomfort are central themes in my writing. When I write a lyric I always have an image in mind and try to describe it. My lyrics are little narrated and very visual.”
– Elle Noir
Check out the compelling and floaty clip below as you ponder mortality.