It’s been seven years since Miranda Lee Richards, erstwhile Brian Jonestown Massacre member, has released music of her own. The long delayed Echoes of the Dreamtime showcases Richards’ deft touch with a melody and setting a melancholy mood, as on “7th Ray.”
“‘7th Ray’ is a song about the journey of the soul,” Richards tells us. “You start out sure of yourself, unselfconscious, and in perfect health (in most instances). Things can happen along the way that cause you to feel stuck, disillusioned, unworthy or even unhealthy. It is about reclaiming that child-like side of yourself and witnessing the miracles that can happen as a result. It is in essence a song of the heart, an expression of gratitude that you are now free.
The song’s video traffics in the same pensive atmosphere and emotional reserve. She set out with the idea that she wanted to match the otherworldly, dreamy quality of the music.
“Sometimes when you follow the lyric lines too closely, it can fall flat, but I also needed imagery that worked well with the song,” she says.
“I have been obsessed with Super 8 footage for quite sometime and own two cameras. The California poppy fields are a natural and iconic location that make a statement in and of itself: there is the natural beauty of California, the warm dry air, the vintage look and feel of the film replicating a by-gone era, and the poppies themselves symbolizing the opiate dream state. There were all these hard dandelion weed-like foliage mixed in, so it was actually super uncomfortable and prickly to walk or lay down in, but hopefully that doesn’t come through in the actual video! Some scenes are super-imposed and meant to be ‘transportive’ like you are slipping in and out of reality; taking inventory of your life from another perspective: The Echoes of the Dreamtime.”