What is more significant to this world than the ocean that takes up more than 70% of it? It’s the ultimate metaphor: a symbol of life, death, renewal. Entrancing and mesmerizing. In the video for her track, “Purple and Gray”, Julia Othmer takes full advantage of the poetic ambiguity of the sea.
The video was directed by James T. Lundie, who bridged reality with trance-like edits and leaves a lasting and dizzying image. The song sweeps with grace. All in grays, Othmer blends with the tide: there is a sense of omen. The track itself has an ethereal production quality. It is lush and full, though with a hint of distance to the vocals. At climactic moments it is evocative of St. Vincent.
It is near impossible not to fall into “Purple and Gray”, and the video just pulls you deeper. This track comes off Julia Othmer’s upcoming album SOUND, which will be released on February 2019.