“The song came about as a compilation of what I had witnessed in my neighborhood and on the news since my move to the UK,” Swedish songwriter and producer Cornelia explains of her track “Birthright.”
“Higher tuition fees, a rising number of teenage pregnancies, the lack of activities for young people and of course the London riots. The song is meant to mirror all of that and by following these three friends through their day we can hopefully see both a glimpse of their frustration, hope and their yearning for a purpose.”
The song, which comes from Balun, her debut LP on Camp Mozart records, embraces that sense of uncertainty, with its eerie synth leads, and spacious verses of unsettling quiet.
Jonas Hegi and Katja Muller’s video treatment brings the youthful ennui to life.
“The video for ‘Birthright’ glimpses into the life of three young people and is designed to be part documentary, part fiction,” they write. “As we follow them through a random evening, the viewer is made aware of their happiness, but also of their dwindling fun and exuberance. The viewer is forced to read between the lines, to see the sadness within the beauty of youthfulness, and to see the beauty within the sadness of everyday life.”