There’s a charm and a magic to Dizzy’s shimmering indie pop that feels as though it’s designed to soundtrack life’s formative moments, and this has never been clearer than on ‘Birthmark’. The track channels the feeling of a first love lost, countering heartsick lyrics with a soaring, uplifting melody and the band’s trademark warmth to temper a melancholy memory.
Speaking about the track, singer Katie Munshaw says: “The song is from the point of view of someone I love who went through their first heartbreak last year. I remember we were laying in bed one night and they said they didn’t feel so bad until it was time to go to sleep. I thought that was so sad.”
The single is accompanied by a striking new video, of which Katie says: “The ‘Birthmark’ video is meant to be a visual representation of the saying ‘dancing with the devil.’ I wanted the visuals to feel more like a nightmare than a music video, hence its lack of narrative. We shot the video in a farm field in western Ontario so a lot of cow shit was stepped on to get these beautiful shots which I think is hilarious and fitting. Special thanks to our devil, Marc, for allowing us to paint your skin red in freezing temperatures in the name of assholery and thanks mom for letting me use your sunroof in the name of getting a cool ass shot.”
Katie leads Dizzy into its next chapter donning a sinister mask, worn as a middle finger to an industry which places so much undue importance on appearance. “I’m a very anxious and sensitive person. Thinking about taking a bunch of photos and videos of myself, especially after two years in isolation, felt a bit shocking and scary, and like something I didn’t really want to do,” she explains.
“I find it strange how musicians are often introverted people, yet one of the largest parts of our job is visually selling ourselves to an audience. It feels unnatural to pine for strangers’ attention to afford rent or whatever, and as someone who’s particularly sensitive, it isn’t sustainable. To me, the mask not only represents a calloused version of myself but it lends itself to an anonymity that I love. A Jane Doe of sorts. I like the idea of a female artist making the conscious decision to take her appearance out of the question for the audience.”
‘Birthmark’ is the follow up to the recent Dizzy single ‘Barking Dog’