‘Siren Song’ is the lead single from London-based duo Three Laws’ debut album, Illuminated. Written by lyricist and vocalist Louise Gold, with production and instrumentation by Adam Relf, together Three Laws have crafted a song as full of meaning as it is both haunting and beautiful.
Relf explained: “The lyrics for ‘Siren Song’ weave together Louise’s mild memories of summer – wading in shallow water at sunset, walking along cliff edges, and being by the sea during a windswept English summer holiday. They’re about love. They try to capture the feeling of falling in love – the forever feeling, the freedom-seeking ‘us against the world’ feeling.”
‘Siren Song’ was crafted to tell a love story, weaved together by both Gold and Relf throughout their creative process. Themes of tragedy add to the emotional weight of the song, and a story inspired by the Sirens of Greek mythology who lured sailors to shipwreck led to lyrics that suggest a turbulent, powerful love that could ultimately lead to death. A similar theme is explored in the single’s video, shot by acclaimed director Callum MacDiarmid (Melody Gardot, Vaults), which is due to drop June 2.
“Louise wrote the lyric as a metaphor,” Relf continues, “representing something greater than the two people in the story – devotion or depression pulling the protagonists under.”
Gold explained of the writing process, “When Adam heard the song, the narrative had begun to form: for him, the woman was the siren, or seductress, wielding the power of love over the man in the story. The ‘Bonnie and Clyde’ lyric suggests this love or journey is spellbinding and dangerous. They are on the run, partners in crime, and she is leading them over the edge. Adam originally wrote the piano part after seeing a documentary about an oak tree. But the rest of the music and rhythms grew out of the vocal and the narrative. The tension builds as you start to realize it won’t end well for the couple. The strings swell when the story reaches its tragic conclusion.”
Relf concludes: “As Louise’s vocal ends, the violin solo plays out. They drift away and are finally lost in the waves.”