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“Ophelia” is a song about the kind of romance that burns bright and fizzles out quickly. Sometimes love isn’t meant to last, but that doesn’t make it any less valid or visceral or real. These kinds of short, explosive relationships can provide some of the most memorable experiences life can offer, and my brief relationship with Ophelia during the first covid lockdown was no different. This song is an attempt to capture that lightning in a bottle to show the world what our love was like just as the wave began to crest.

Ophelia herself was a pure chaotic neutral hellbent on having a good time, even in the face of all our lives being put on hold, and that was such a radical departure from the way I’d been living my life up to that point that I couldn’t help but be completely enthralled with her. Our love was punctuated with all kinds of impulsive behavior, and while that was a ton of fun for a while, it eventually ended with me needing to separate from her so I could clean myself up. Still, I remember her fondly and I hope that despite the darkness lingering underneath the surface of the song that the unfiltered excitement of our love comes shining through the cracks. Just because love is fleeting doesn’t mean it’s not worth celebrating.


ophelia, chaos reigns inside you
the reason that i always felt some love for you
you're like a drug i can take at any time
you put my mind in a different space and you used to be mine

but now i see you at her side
and there ain't much spark left in your smile
i want you to know i still care, i want you to know i've been there
i want you to know you can be free, just like me

ophelia, on all fours, does our chores
stays for free in exchange for better days
spent on nothing much at all, we can't leave home
so why not get high, she says, but after a while

my head is spinning in the clouds
and i'm frostbitten from the snow
i want you to know i still care, i want you to know i'll be there
i want you to know i'm fading out, right about now


released September 7, 2021
Elle Madison Archer: Vocals, Rickenbacker 330, Squier Jazzmaster, Martin 00-17, Fender Jazz Bass, Roland Juno-60, Rhodes, Mellotron, Organ, Piano, Glockenspiel, Drums, Tambourine, Shaker, Engineering, Mixing

Travis Tipton: Bongos, Whispers

Mastered by Amy Dragon at Telegraph Mastering


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Psych Rock / Post Rock / Power Pop from Portland, OR


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