Last Friday (June 14) saw the release of ‘Big Dread Moon,’ Claire Cronin’s first release on Balloon Machine favourites Orindal Records. Today we’re premiering the video for ‘Saint’s Lake.’ Read our track review and watch the video below.
The start of Claire Cronin’s ‘Saint’s Lake’ bears all the hallmarks of a traditional folk song, however it soon leaves these calm, tranquil waters, verging off course into more choppy, queasy territory. The quiver of a fiddle in the distance signals this turn of the steering wheel, as from there on outwards ‘Saint’s Lake’ bobs and weaves, rising and falling with the whims of the waves. With these ever-changing currents, ‘Saint’s Lake’ personifies a feeling of unease, of tension shared and battled over. It’s utterly compelling, and a sure sign of an artist intent on crafting worlds of their own. These worlds might not be utopic but when she sings ‘Find me there’ at ‘Saint’s Lake’s’ close, you’ll journey on out there without question.
Brian Getnick, the director of the video, said: “The floating, disembodied characters in this video are denizens of a dreamy netherworld that Cronin and Getnick both enter in their private artistic practices and collaborations. In particular, the demon in this video is inspired by Albercht Dürer’s rendering of the Devil and occult horror films such as Ari Aster’s Hereditary. The sparseness of Cronin’s song is mirrored in the video’s use of black negative space, and Cronin’s hovering, rising vocal is matched by the movement of spiritual objects through a void-like realm.”
Claire Cronin on tour:
June 21 Chicago, IL @ The Hungry Brain (w/ Advance
Base & Moon
June 22 Rock Island, IL @ Rozz Tox (w/ Advance Base & Liv Carrow)
June 23 Grand Rapids, MI @ Green Acres (w/ Advance Base & How to Live Together)
June 24 Ypsilanti, MI @ Ziggy’s (w/ Advance Base, Moon Racer & Kevin McKay)
June 25 Toronto, ON @ Burdock (w/ Advance Base & Clara Engel)
June 26 Montreal, QC @ La Vitrola (w/ Advance Base & Cedric Noel)
June 27 Brattleboro, VT @ Stone Church (w/ Advance Base & Ruth Garbus)
June 28 Portland, ME @ The Apohadion Theater (w/ Advance Base & Greg Jamie)
June 29 Providence, RI @ 159 Sutton Street (w/ Advance Base & Marlon J Battad)
June 30 Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right (w/ Advance Base, Matt Bachmann & Moon Racer)
July 1 Washington, DC @ Songbyrd Vinyl Lounge (w/ Advance Base)