Music Video Premiere: Dagmar's “Tumbleweed”

When Iowa musicians Gemma Cohen and Miranda Mallard were looking for the right name for their band, they were struck by the Scandinavian word dagmar. The old Norse word means “lightness of day” and is the name of many woman of power throughout European history. The word matched the harsh and raw but positive quality of their music.

Now Cohen and Mallard are celebrating the release of Dagmar's debut full-length album afterlight, which came out June 6th. We’re excited to premiere the video for their song “Tumbleweed” off the album.

“Tumbleweed” was written when Mallard was in the midst of a divorce—she was ending an abusive relationship and found herself having to step up and fight for her own protection and rights. The song became an anthem for her. The video is directed by Alana Waksman and stars dancer Jenna Riegel weaving her way through an empty house. To me, it feels like a great companion song to Frazey Ford’s “Done.”  

Lyrics for “Tumbleweed” by Dagmar: 

Trouble me, I'll trouble you

Tumbleweed I'm coming down, coming down

Challenge me, I'll challenge you

Tumbleweed I'll throw you down

The battle I didn't want to fight

I'm fighting it, fighting it now

The more you try, the more we die

The moment I, knew how you lie

Fool…

Reservoir evaporated

Cracks in the ground, you're falling down

Sever your roots from mine

Let the wind carry you

The battle I didn't want to fight

I'm fighting it, fighting it now

The more you try, the more we die

The moment I, knew how you lie

Fool…

I still remember, when we first met

A trick, a true dream

Washed away

Washed away

by Sarah Mirk
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Sarah Mirk is the former host of Bitch Media’s podcast Popaganda. She’s interested in gender, history, comics, and talking to strangers. You can follow her on Twitter

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