Closure, Catharsis, & Moving On: Fauvely Premieres Her Dream Folk Farewell, “Deer Song”

"Deer Song" still - Fauvely © Robin Elise Maaya
"Deer Song" still - Fauvely © Robin Elise Maaya
An intimate dream folk reverie, Fauvely’s “Deer Song” and its music video tie a bow on the past while welcoming the future with wide eyes and open arms.
Stream: “Deer Song” – Fauvely




I don’t care if you forget about me now, fate is overrated, tired of turning around…

So many goodbyes are bittersweet: Whether you’re parting ways with an ex, grieving the loss of a loved one, or letting go of a friend, it hurts to knowingly close a chapter on your life. And yet, one chapter’s close often means another one’s beginning, and sometimes the excitement of that fresh start ahead balances everything out. Fauvely’s latest song is a fond(ish) farewell of sorts with the city she once lived in, but it’s not as poignant as it is hopeful for all that’s come. An intimate dream folk reverie reflecting on big life changes, “Deer Song” ties a bow on the past and welcomes the future with wide eyes and open arms.

Deer Song - Fauvely
Deer Song – Fauvely
It’s been a little hard in this town
I don’t think we knew what we were talking about
I am working on coming around
No I’m not, no I’m not
We packed and said goodbye
I waited for tears to cry
Pull over to the side of the road
Let’s keep going, let’s keep going
I don’t care if you forget about me now
Fate is overrated, tired of turning around
I don’t care if you forget about me now
Fate is an illusion, tired of looking around

Atwood Magazine is proud to be premiering the Robin Elise Maaya-directed music video for “Deer Song,” Fauvely’s second single of the year (initially released in early July). The musical moniker for formerly Chicago-based, now Savannah, Georgia-based artist Sophie Brochu, Fauvely has been moving audiences with her wondrous, dark and ethereal dream folk sound throughout the past five years. “Deer Song” arrives just shy of a year after the release of her enchanting debut album Beautiful Places, and sees her teasing out her new EP Alligator Rodeo, set for release later this fall.

"Deer Song" still - Fauvely © Robin Elise Maya
“Deer Song” still – Fauvely © Robin Elise Maaya

For Brochu, a Georgia native, “Deer Song” is a kind of reckoning with the years she spent in Chicago, where she attended grad school, established herself playing in various bands, founded Fauvely, and met her husband. As we slowly understand in her lyrics, she comes to decide that she’s okay with leaving the city behind and planting new roots in Savannah – even if it’s a hard pill to swallow. “We packed and said goodbye, I waited for tears to cry,” she sings in the first verse. “Pull over to the side of the road… Let’s keep going, let’s keep going.” Those tears never quite seem to come; she’s happy, even relieved, to move on.

We drove to Bethlehem
On the way back a deer had been hit
Please stop I am losing my shit
Yes I am, yes I am
On the road, the moon is high
I’ve never been afraid of the night
Look now, I am closing my eyes
Yes I am, no I’m not
I don’t care if you forget about me now
Fate is overrated, tired of turning around
I don’t care if you forget about me now
Fate is an illusion, tired of looking around

“’Deer Song’ is about transition, starting over, and going home,” the artist tells Atwood Magazine. “The first song I wrote after leaving Chicago for Savannah, I wanted to capture this sentiment of self-contradiction and self-deception. I went through three different choruses, nearly abandoning the song altogether before something clicked. The line, “I don’t care if you forget about me now” felt like the perfect lie steeped in truth, something I could convince myself of merely by singing it. The band came down from Chicago to record with Ty Thompson at Holy House Studios.”

"Deer Song" still - Fauvely © Robin Elise Maya
“Deer Song” still – Fauvely © Robin Elise Maaya

The “Deer Song” music video, directed and shot by Robin Elise Maaya, plays with light and perspective to create a dreamy, deeply ethereal atmosphere – yet one still filled with light and as such, a kind of solemn reverie.

“I partnered with my friend Robin Elise Maaya for her first music video,” Brochu explains. “I’m a big fan of Robin’s photography and I knew she would bring a unique artistic vision to this project. We talked about utilizing light leaks and the bokeh effect to create a dreamlike montage that would evoke feelings of nostalgia and loneliness. Shout out to the women at the Waffle House on Abercorn for letting us film.”

It’s my first time being alone
In a place I don’t know
I thought this way my home
So it goes, so it goes

There’s no denying the poignant parts of big transitions, but “Deer Song” tries not to dwell in it; rather, Fauvely creates a captivating, forward-looking atmosphere that welcomes the journey ahead while simultaneously accepting the chapter quickly closing behind her. “Watch it all fade out, watch it all burn down…” Change hurts, but with time, we come to welcome the new and let the past stay in the past.

Stream Fauvely’s “Deer Song” music video, exclusively on Atwood Magazine!

I don’t care if you forget about me now
Fate is overrated, tired of turning around
I don’t care if you forget about me now
Fate is an illusion, tired of looking around…
Watch it all fade out. watch it all burn down
Watch it all fade out, watch it all burn down…

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