Lily Phoenix is an emerging independent singer-songwriter who made her professional solo recording debut in 2020 with the single “Secret Dark Melody”. That genre-bending dark-pop tune introduced a classically-trained multi-talented musician from Denmark. The eclectic recording artist pairs moody art-pop vibes with insightful lyrical forays into the complexities of human emotion and interpersonal relationships.
Although she is relatively new to the international music scene, Lily Phoenix has been making music her whole life. Originally trained as a classical vocalist, she began writing her own music after college.
“Haunted Doll” is the brand new single from Lily Phoenix, released worldwide via all major streaming services on December 15, 2023. The song opens with Lily alone at the microphone, accompanied only by a solo piano. She tells a haunting allegory of a porcelain doll, as metaphor for a beautiful woman objectified, abused, and controlled by her lover. Ambient synths and strings paint the periphery and expand across the soundscape, adding to the song’s dark chamber pop vibe.
Check out “Haunted Doll” below. You can also hear the track on the Deep Dive : Pop & Rock playlist, or listen on your favorite streaming service. We had the chance to chat with Lily Phoenix about the tune. Check out her answers to our 7 questions below. And follow the links at the end of this article to connect with the artist.
7 Questions with Lily Phoenix
Where are you from?
Lily Phoenix: I’m from Denmark.
How long have you been making music?
I was originally trained as a classical singer at the Music Conservatory. However, after finishing my bachelor’s degree, I started writing my own music.
Who are the musicians involved in your project?
My two producers and I. They work under the name “The Other Mary”. Their real names are Jens Langhorn and Jens Davidsen.
Who are your biggest musical influences?
I’m inspired by a lot of different music, new and old. During my studies at the Music Conservatory I was very fascinated by Kurt Weil and music in the Cabaret genre. I think this shows a bit in this song. I’m also inspired by artists like Florence and the Machine and Nick Cave.
What is your greatest non-musical influence?
A lot of people inspire me, but what comes to mind right now is Debbie Ford. I’ve done a lot of work on myself. However one of my first influences in the field of personal development was Debbie Ford. She has renewed the work of C.G. Jung. And she works with the human shadow. Her work is about embracing all parts of ourselves and consciously integrating them. It’s about looking at our shame with compassion. To understand that all parts of ourselves are there for a reason even the parts we don’t like.
What inspired you to create this project?
I wrote the song a few years ago, but it just didn’t get released until now. I was in a tough place in my life in a relationship that was bad for me. I felt like I was compromising myself a lot and my boundaries were violated many times. However, I also felt unable to stand up for myself or to leave. I think I wrote Haunted Doll as a way to reconnect with the part of myself that I was ignoring. In the last verse of the song, The Haunted Doll screams, and even though she is hurting she is not denying her truth anymore. In a way, the Doll I wrote about was a little bit ahead of me. Eventually, I got to a place where I got out of the relationship and started the process of being more true to what I felt.
When I write music I just let the words come to me and at the time I wrote this song I didn’t know the exact meaning of it however it felt like a statement for me about stopping denying my own truth.
What are your plans for the future (musically)?
I want to make a difference for people with my music. For me, it’s not about being the best or performing at the biggest stages. I found out that what matters to me is to have my music be heard by people who can relate to it. For me, music has always been a powerful way to express what cannot always be put into words and I hope that my music can be an inspiration and an expression for people who connect with it.