There’s a tranquility to much of Robin Bacior’s “Water Dreams”, the song from her album of the same name out this week on Good Mountain Records. But after the peaceful piano and voice verses, there comes a piano riff that’s just off, that crashes into the song out of nowhere ceding to the cello. It’s a fitting base for the video, directed by Justin Koleszar, which also plays on sudden turns and a feeling of unreality.
“I kind of view music videos as visual accompaniment for a song, and with ‘Water Dreams’ I wanted to avoid a noticeable narrative so the viewer wouldn’t be pulled away,” Koleszar said. “From the beginning I wanted a dark video for ‘Water Dreams,’ so I looked for appropriate themes that would work with the song. I came across the mythology of the Scandanavian nøkk which is a water spirit that lures women and children to drown in lakes or streams and that’s what we went with.”
“The song itself came about it an odd way,” said Bacior, one half of the Portland duo with cellist Dan Bindschedler. “I think of it more as a personal small meditation, because it was something I’d sit down and sing repeatedly, just as a way to clear my head between practicing songs. It became the center of the album because it’s all about emotionally feeling a transition before you logically process it. I feel like the video really suits that, because there’s only a sense of what’s taking place, not a clear story.”
Find more from Bacior, who’s in the midst of a west coast tour, here.
Photos by Kim Smith Miller.