Everybody has, at some point, stared out of a bus window at night time and felt kind of melancholy; and everybody has their go-to tracks for a bit of wallowing. British dream-pop artist Laura Groves is behind my latest favorite: "Mystique" is a delicate yet strong pop song that meditates on the masks we wear to present ourselves to each other, and its new video is a moody nighttime cruise around the streets of the British capital.
"When I wrote 'Mystique' I was thinking about feelings of alienation; the pressure to 'fit in' and present and uphold a certain image of yourself to the world or even to a certain person," Groves told The FADER. "The imagery I had in my head was of looking out onto lights at night—streetlights, from windows or from the bridges crossing the Thames. These things have always evoked a sort of mystery to me—imagining all the other lives being lived out there. I worked with filmmaker Emmaalouise Smith to try to capture this by driving round London late at night along routes that I was familiar with. We also took a trip out of the city by day to create the idea of escape - getting back to your own imagination and letting your true feelings come through.”