Cradlesong is an art piece created by Soap&Skin. It is the experimental musical project of Austrian artist Anja Plaschg. I combined the lyric with “Årsgång”, a pseudo pagan ritual undertaken by Swedish people together and created a love story by my understanding.
The goat-head figure appeared in the music video is called Kyrkogrim. The Swedish Kyrkogrim are said to be the spirits of animals sacrificed by early Christians at the building of a new church. In parts of Europe, including Britain and Scandinavia, it was believed that the first man buried in a new churchyard had to guard it against the Devil. To save a human soul from the duty, a completely black dog would be buried alive on the north side of the churchyard, creating a guardian spirit, the church grim, to protect the church.