The latest Julia Holter track “Our Sorrows” is a real beauty. Embedded in the song’s DNA are strands of Broadcast: that sense that synthesizers are warbling and unfurling from unknown corridors. Clearly, Holter is influenced vocally by Trish McKeenan, but that’s groovy because Trish was one of the grooviest chicks to ever walk the planet. But, vocally and structurally, the song goes beyond these influences into tragically wondrous territory, especially in the diminishing moments of the song where only Holter’s vocals puncture the silence.
For the video, Holter enlisted the Naomi Yang of Galaxie 500 (and of the great Exact Change book publishing company).
“I was intrigued by the lyric in the chorus: ‘If you call out, I will follow.’ It didn’t seem to me that it was a statement of devotion addressed to a lover, but more about Julia listening for inner direction,” said Yang. “When I mentioned this idea to Julia, she emphatically agreed. She said that she often thinks of her music as something that is inside her, almost like an intuition that she allows to lead her.”
About the working process, Yang states, “Julia and I developed the arc of the video as we worked, allowing what we filmed to determine where we would go next. We chose locations that in some way had a resonance to Julia’s actual daily life in LA, though I had an idea from the start that she should be making her way from an urban environment to a more pastoral one.”
Watch the video below.