The definition of an elegy is a sorrowful reflection, a piece of art lamenting loss and honouring the dead. And this is exactly the intention behind “elegy in c (chapter III)”, the haunting new track from singer-songwriter Saint Clair.
Following up from her powerful last release “goddess”, “elegy in c (chapter III)” is the third of four chapters from the rising star’s “in the violet hour” visual EP – with each of the lustrous music videos exploring a different stage of the grieving process following the loss of her dad.
The beginning of the track crackles into life with real-life audio of her father adoringly talking about his daughters, before mesmerising vocal samples imbue the track with an otherworldly feel, and Saint Clair’s hair-raising vocals lift the minimal production: “I only miss you when I’m breathing.” An entire box of tissues should do the trick for this one.
And the abstract Skellig-style visuals – directed by her sister and shot completely independently in their family home – see Saint Clair as a crumpled bird, feathers soaked in a purple oil-slick. The viewer slowly sees Saint Clair rinsing off the layers of oil, emblematic of her crippling grief, before burning artefacts of her past – powerful and impactful visuals.
Watch the music video for “elegy in c (chapter III)” below…