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Bones of Bruised Houses

A pilot project for the theme Emotions. 

Bones of Bruised Houses' musical and visual dreamlike atmosphere traces back in time, inspired by classic Hollywood style, surrealist paintings and Jungian dream interpretation. The music is performed on old vintage instruments from the 1930-40s, and filmed in the sand dunes of North Denmark. The lyrics have a clear reference to the body and are inspired by dreams with strong emotional content.


Lyrics by Laila Skovmand and Neill S. Furio


Oh, hear my  words bore into my spleen

Sever  the connection between

Twenty billion brain cells and my cannibal mouth          

Which devours what’s left of my left arm

Numbness summons my right arm to action

Ripping my head off

Still hissing its serpent tongue

Asping incessantly


Birdless green

My pike-stuck head    

With readied arrow’s bow             

I aim, sharp and yet ...

The source of my screed

Poison kind

Leads the ceaseless attack

Uncording my spine


Limp body crawling

Over bones of bruised houses

over bones of bruised houses

And mounds of rust



My slaughtered town

With sharded mirror-mouth

Aghast, silent sound                                    

I shrink, slither and slip

Less my face

Through the cracked city wall                       

Where I lay down and wait                     


Sand mirage and caravaning

Incense dune

Mummied, empty of all matter



Numb body dangling

Over bones of bruised houses

Dangling over bones of bruised houses

And clouds of dust

Produced by Between Music

Music, Lyrics, Director Laila Skovmand Producer,


Co-director Robert Karlsson


Camera and Artistic advisor Faozan Rizal


Artistic advisor Katia Engel



Music recording, mixing and co-arrangements Nikolaj Heyman



Laila Skovmand - lead vocal, autoharp, solovox, clavioline,

Min Xiao-Fen - pipa, voice

Anna Brønsted - choir

Cecilia Krill - choir

Lise Dres - choir

Robert Karlsson - violin, viola, stroh violin

Nikolaj Heyman - guitar

Mathias Skaarup Sørensen - vibraphone, grand cassa


Lyrics editing and translation Neill C. Furio

Lyrics supervisor Thøger Jensen


Co-arrangements Allan Gravgaard Madsen, Robert Karlsson

Additional recordings Luka Simone Ravn

Mastering ET Mastering

Recorded at Stablesounds:studio2



Editing Måns Nyman


Feather girls

Carina Raffel

Helena Wilhelmsson

Dorte Petersen

Aline Sánchez

Merete Smedegaard


Buried band

Robert Karlsson - violin

Tina Andersen - dulcitone

Katia Engel - autoharp


Tree bondage Peer Rope Aarhus


Artistic advisor Tina Andersen

Make-up artist Linda Avanu

Still pictures and hands on set Morten Thun

Driver Søren Frederik Bach


Thanks to:

Svend Aage Petersen for letting us use his tree

Råbjerg Mile Camping


Supported by Aarhus Kommune CKU

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