‘Ragdoll’ is the brand new haunting offering from Irish-based indie singer/songwriter Elise. Serving as the follow-up to her incredibly successful single ‘Cowboy,’ ‘Ragdoll’ is a dark, eerie, and poetic tune that focuses heavily on the theme of self-reflection, and figuring out exactly who we are and what works for us.
Recorded by Thomas Donoghue at Sun Studios and mastered by Grammy award-winning Joe LaPorta (David Bowie, Solange, Shawn Mendes,) ‘Ragdoll’ is a delicate, atmospheric, and soul-stirring song from an artist whose musical journey began when she was just five years old! Influenced by the likes of Sting, Stevie Nicks, Art Garfunkel, The Cure, Bob Dylan, and Sade, Elise continues to create incredibly unique and distinctive music that we at Indie Top 39 just can’t get enough of. Remember the name, Elise!
‘Ragdoll’ is a beautifully eerie tune that stirs the soul. We’re falling pretty hard for Elise over here!Indie top 39
What does the song mean to you?
‘Ragdoll’ is dark and poetic alternative/folk-pop song about self reflection. It’s a song that explores the relationship with one’s self. It is a story about digging deeper and figuring out what works and what does not. It is a song about learning to be better and understanding our true self.
Who do you hope the song resonates with the most?
I hope the song resonates with people of all ages, that have gone through a rough patch in life and came out better and stronger than before. None of us are perfect and that’s the beauty of being human. Life is all about learning and growing. And for those who feel like there’s no light at the end of the tunnel, there is! Just keep going and keep pushing forward. There is always time for self reflection and evaluation. You are never really stuck. I want this song to be a reminder of that.
Tell us about your creative process and how the song came to be?
I wrote ‘Ragdoll’ back in 2012. When I normally write songs I just try and let them flow out of me naturally instead of forcing them. With ‘Ragdoll’ I had it basically finished back in 2012 but always felt like there was something missing, and it wasn’t until 2018 that I wrote the bridge section it so badly needed. I started putting in all the different instruments and sent it off to sound engineer and producer Thomas Donoghue. Once I got to record the acoustic instruments with him, we worked closely together on all the electronic instruments. We wanted a dark sound and played around with altering my vocals, to give it a ghostly or creepy vibe.
What are your favourite lyrics in the song?
“You throw me around and bury me with your feelings in the ground”
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