Published Oct 15, 2014Swedish-born Canadian singer-songwriter Sarah MacDougall has unveiled some brand new visuals for her latest single "I Want to See the Light (Lost from Our Eyes)," and you can see them first right here on Exclaim.ca.
The song comes from her forthcoming as-yet-undetailed record (due in 2015) and features fellow Swede Erika Angell from Thus Owls on vocal duties.
"It is a song about finding our spark again. Finding our passion and spirituality again in a world that is alienating and full of growing violence, " said MacDougall in a recent statement. "It is a song about my personal experience as a woman walking down a quiet street at night, 'flaneuring' like artists have done for centuries. It's a song about racism. It's a love song. Feel free to dance."
The video, meanwhile, was filmed in Toronto, with the crew biking, driving and boating to parks all over town, as well as the more relaxed setting of director Chris Mills' living room. It was shot over the course of three hot and stormy summer days, and as MacDougall puts it: "Wearing a hoodie and a leather jacket was sweaty and uncomfortable but necessary for the story."
The clip draws on a real-life story of a sniper in MacDougall's hometown and what it was like walking home knowing that he might be out there.
"That story set the tone for some of the themes we got to explore in this project," said Mills.
He goes on to explain that it is "a series of fast moving-edit photo essays, paired with moving collage, double and triple exposure moving overlays, and hand-coloured sequences, which, for me, complemented both the long, yawning passages, and the stabbing vocal jabs prevalent throughout Sarah's elegant and haunting adventure song."
Give it a watch below, where you'll also find her upcoming Canadian tour dates.
You can also buy the single here on iTunes.
10/18 Cookstown, ON - The Iron Horse
10/21 London, ON, ON - Aeolian Hall
10/22 Toronto, ON - Hugh's Room
10/23 Burnstown, ON - The Neat Cafe
10/24 Kingston, ON - Octave Theatre
10/25 Ottawa, ON - Patty's Pub
11/07 Whitehorse, YT - Blue Feather Music Festival
12/07 Iqaluit, NU - Alianait Concert Series
02/14 Ottawa, ON - National Arts Centre
02/18 Prince George, BC - Canadian Games