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Tuesday 16 June 2020

Dark Hidden Narrative Of Hitchcock's Vertigo Provides Inspiration For Katie Von Schleicher's New Album Consummation

Katie Von Schleicher's new album, Consummation, is, in part, inspired by an alternate interpretation of Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo. 

In 2018, Katie re-watched the seminal film and was struck by its largely un-analysed subtext of abuse. 

She knew immediately that this hidden narrative, which spoke to her personal experience, would be the basis of her next album.

Having lived with this album for a while now, taking in the intricacies in production and songwriting, the themes and myriad details within Katie's lyrics, and every time it never fails to floor its listener. 

While writing and engineering the record, Katie found sanctuary in the words of other women: namely, Carmen Maria Machado's Her Body and Other Parties, Rachel Cusk's Outline trilogy, and Rebecca Solnit's A Field Guide to Getting Lost. 

The latter proved particularly influential: Soon after revisiting Vertigo, she stumbled upon Solnit's lacerating take on the film. 


Solnit describes the "wandering, stalking, haunting" of romantic pursuit that it depicts as "consummation," while "real communion"—understanding and mutual respect between two lovers—is, to the men in the film, "unimaginable." 

The consequence is a fundamental failure of communication

At its core, Consummation evokes the pain of being unable to bridge that vast psychic distance between oneself and another.

Can love that destroys, Katie asks, be love at all? 

At the close of the album, it seems she's arrived at something of an answer, at least for herself. 

On Nothing Lasts, the record"s final song, a romantic verse gives way to an anthemic, albeit fatalistic chorus—one that feels something like a sigh of relief: 

"Cause nothing lasts for long, nothing lasts, see it's gone."

Katie Von Schleicher's new album 'Consummation' is out now. To purchase a copy CLICK HERE.

by: Mike Cobley




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