After releasing their sophomore album So When You Gonna… earlier this month, Dream Wife are continuing their quiet middle finger to society today with a clip for cut ‘After The Rain’. The trio, whose nationalities span across Iceland and the UK, represent the only band currently charting in their top 20 who had an all-female team behind their record.
Staying true to that streak with director Helga Katrínardóttir collaborating with them on the video, the outfit filmed ‘After The Rain’ across Iceland and South London, taking “the viewer on a journey from the internal to the external, from the singular experience to the collective.”
The experience highlighted by the track is deeply personal to frontwoman Rakel Mjöll, who explains that it began as a voice memo that she recorded after a conversation with her sister, who “had just discovered she was pregnant” and “didn’t want to go through with the pregnancy.”
“This was happening at the same time as The Human Life Protection Act/Alabama Abortion Ban last May”, Mjöll adds. It shone a light to her on the importance of voicing “these multiple waves of community shame, anger at these systems imposed by the patriarchy to own women bodies, lack of trust and feeling disconnected from your own body. And not being able to articulate those feelings.”
“It is our choice to craft the narratives of our own lives and fight the restrictions put on us by a society attempting to control our bodies. It’s feeling all the feelings and knowing that the storm will pass.” Water is used as a heavy motif throughout the video to “symbolise and explore the singular yet collective experience of abortion.” It represents life – and as the band articulate – “Water is all and all pain is shared pain.” Amen.