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Bone Collector

by Dora Lachaise

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The British Museum has 140 Egyptian mummies and coffins under its roof. Guards hear strange noises and feel unexplained draughts at night, newspapers reported earlier this year. A caretaker talks to the mummies when she handles them – according to ancient Egyptian customs, it keeps them alive. What would the deceased inhabitants of the museum say if they could speak?


Speak my name
Handle me
Treat me as a friend
That’s the way to trap a soul

The smell is sweet
It’s chemistry
Hold me in your cabinet
Until it is safe to go home

In the night, we sing our songs
In the hope that she will hear

There is life inside these bones

Oh, bone collector

Wrapped in linnen, filled with sand
Painted smiles on sad-eyed cats

In the night, we sing our songs
In the hope that she will hear

The collector stole these bones

Oh, bone collector

Flick the switch
And bolt the door
Go home, lie in bed
I’ll be waiting in your dreams


released October 23, 2020
Vocals and guitar: Dora Lachaise
Cello: Siobhan Wilson
Extra vocals: Jonni Slater

Mixed by Jonni Slater
Mastered by Nick Cooke
Cover art by Daniel and Vissla Ekbladh
Written and produced by Dora Lachaise


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Dora Lachaise Bristol, UK

From an attic overlooking Arnos Vale Cemetery in Bristol, Dora Lachaise produces dark and otherworldly music. After her Danny Elfman-esque debut single Bone Collector, which was picked up by BBC Bristol and Amazing Radio USA, Lachaise dives into electronica for her second single ‘I Confess’, out on Friday 5 March 2021. ... more

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