Inspired by Edgar Allan Poe’s tragic poem ’Annabel Lee’ which tells the story of a young love lost, Belgian queer performance artist, DOLLY BING BING has revealed the stunning music video for her single ‘Eat Me’. Recorded in Ghent, and taken from Dolly’s 2019 EP Angelbyte, the song deals with the loss of her husband who sadly died from a terminal illness in 2018.
Directed by Andrew Strasser and completely self-styled by DOLLY, the video features a range of striking looks. From being submerged beneath the sand, to being chained up, struggling and falling in BDSM style, to surreal shots of DOLLY amongst flowers in bloom, the video takes you on a visual journey as it explores the themes of trauma, loss, escapism and lust.
“The video plays with the cruel waves between desire and death, bondage and battle, arcadia and madness, eventually dissolving into the calming sand of a faraway Poe-like ‘kingdom by the sea.’
“It curls around the desire to overcome sickness, desperation and pain in my scream for the escapism of sex and pleasure and of being ‘eaten’, ‘beaten’, ‘raped’, ‘tied down’ or overpowered (by lust),” explains DOLLY, “It does so by interlacing ‘Annabel Lee’ into my personal story mirroring both narratives as well as turning them upside down.” The poem was a shared love of both Dolly and her partner, who recited it to her upon their first meeting. “Both depict the terrible trauma of a loss of virginity or of a tender state of paradisiac innocence.”
These themes represented within the visuals and lyrics are actually contrasted and masked by DOLLY’s angelic vocals and the dream-like, shimmering pop production within the track. In DOLLY’s words it creates “a calming and healing allure and wishes to unlock the aura and definition of beauty as ‘nothing but the beginning of terror’.” A direct quote from another poet, Rainer Maria Rilke, that has long resonated with DOLLY’s work.
“The video plays with the cruel waves between desire and death, bondage and battle, arcadia and madness, eventually dissolving into the calming sand of a faraway Poe-like ‘kingdom by the sea.’”
DOLLY identifies as she/her but likes to redefine norms and standards of female identity and feminine sexuality. Performing since 2017, in her live shows as a Softcore performance and Gesamtpunk artist she sings, raps, dances and ‘vogues’ as fearlessly as she is vulnerable. She thinks of DOLLY as a future vision of human lifeforms and she sees this as queer, in full freedom of self-expression.
Angelbyte is out now.