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Goldfrapp's Music Video Explores Gender Identity And Gives You Chills

"All the characters in these songs are trying to figure out who they are, where they're going, and why they are who they are."

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They have also released a music video "Annabel," the second single off the album, which tells the story of one child's struggle with gender identity.

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The seven minute video was directed by Lisa Gunning, frontwoman Allison Goldfrapp's girlfriend. It will be released as a full length film later this year.

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The lyrics include:

When you dream your only dream, you're Annabel
Sleep reminds you, takes you there, oh Annabel
Gentle whisper, endless winters, Annabel
Why've they couldn't let you be both, Annabel?

Land of the lines
Of the years below still lies
You are the truth they denied

Run like the sea
Tangled there in porcelain
Under the stars you begin

When the author listened to the finished song, she found herself overwhelmed:

I realized my work had entered a new place – it had become part of all music: it belonged in the communal air, not just in my body, or the writer's lair, anymore [...] I'd handed Alison Goldfrapp an egg and she'd held it until it bore an infinitesimal crack, and out of that space escaped the longed-for bird girl in each of us, and the bird girl had her wings and could fly.

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Allison says of her music video:

It's very much about memory, identity and gender. I've always been fascinated by dual creatures, personas, people, personalities, and transformation. I think it's a theme that's pretty much always in fairy tales and horror, which I love. What struck me about Annabel is that the parents are in total denial of what their child is: this child has to choose in the end, and that's what society is making them do. Why can't you be both? I feel really strongly about that whole concept in so many things in life. All the characters in these songs are trying to figure out who they are, where they're going, and why they are who they are.

Watch it for yourself:

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