Today, enigmatic Swedish siren Skott, returns with the breathtaking visual for “Mermaid,” her highly anticipated new single, out now via Sony Music Entertainment UK/RCA Records. “Mermaid” saw its official radio premiere last week on Annie Mac’s BBC Radio 1 show. “Mermaid” features a slow burning crescendo of melodic piano and steadily building drum beats that, combined with Skott’s soaring vocals, create an arresting sonic masterpiece. Directed by Emile Rafael, the haunting clip was filmed in the UK and features the mysterious songbird, elegantly draped in a red gown, surrounded by a lush green forest, with exquisitely shot underwater scenes interspersed throughout.
“Mermaid” is the follow up to Skott’s last single, “Glitter & Gloss,” which was hailed as “ethereal and evocative,” and “her punchiest pop moment to date.” The official video was directed by Zhang + Knight, beautifully shot over two days in Ukraine. As her first release of 2017, “Glitter & Gloss” follows previous singles, “Lack of Emotion,” “Amelia,” “Wolf” and her stunning debut single from last summer, “Porcelain,” which snagged a coveted slot on the official FIFA 17 soundtrack.
Across the Atlantic, Skott has been busy working on new material set for release throughout the year, along with a highly anticipated full-length album, expected in 2018. In-between writing and studio sessions, the Scandinavian songstress has been busy touring Europe, making appearances at many of the leading music festivals. She is also set to hit the road with MØ this fall.
Skott spent her formative years in a remote forest community run by a collection of outcast folk musicians. Together they built a small but supportive network, quite far from the nearest populated city. There, surrounded by nature she thrived, learning to appreciate life without all the distractions associated with living in a city. Largely sequestered from contemporary pop culture, it wasn’t until Skott ventured into the city during her mid-teens that she listened to contemporary music for the first time.