Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Chapter 19 - Virginia Clemm

I have a confession to make: I totally adore the Norwegian band Katzenjammer.  

Marianne Sveen, Solveig Heilo, Anne Marit Bregheim, and Turid Jørgensen (photo from Universal Germany)
It is hard to describe their style as the group consisting of Marianne Sveen, Solveig Heilo, Anne Marit Bregheim, and Turid Jørgensen play everything from folk and country to more punky and pop sounds with a multitude of different instruments. I love all three of their studio albums and the concert I went to earlier this  year was the best I've attended bar none. I am really looking forward to seeing them again next month.  

Today I just want to spotlight a song of theirs that has a connection to Victorian era literature from their first album: Virginia Clemm (Music by Helio with lyrics by Mats Rybø)

Virginia Clemm was the wife of Edgar Allan Poe who he married when she was 13 and he was 26. Their marriage was an unhappy one with Poe being involved in scandals with other women. She died of tuberculosis aged 24, leaving Poe to a number of poems involving a man outliving his wife, including The Raven.

Virginia Clemm (photo from wikipedia) 
The song, written from perceptive of the dead Clemm, is a haunting examination of the relationship between her and her husband and a message to Poe that she is his inspiration. A beautiful song from an excellent album.

Buy Le Pop by Katzenjammer

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