Louise Patricia Crane launches the second video from her forthcoming album, ’Deep Blue‘ with the stunning clip for “Ophelia” which is also released as a single across all streaming platforms today.
Produced by Full Moon Media; the production company responsible for the award-winning video of Crane’s debut single “Deity”, “Ophelia” takes a darker turn than it’s predecessor, in keeping with the tragic narrative of the Shakespearean character on which the lyric is based. Filmed entirely at night across a full week in the bleak cold of early February 2020 “Ophelia’ takes its visual lead from Sir John Everett Millais’ painting of the same name.
“For years I’ve been fascinated by Millais’ rendering of Ophelia”, elaborates Louise, “I find the Pre-Raphaelites so alluring with their depictions of classic scenes from literature and legends, married with lush verdant scenery. When I was writing in my notebook for this album I became fixated on old flower books, engravings, how flowers once carried meaning… as in “The Language of Flowers””. “The botanical obsession is clear throughout my writing on the album! A few years ago, I’d just moved to Cambridge and I took a day to go around the London art galleries with a friend. To finally see Millais’ Ophelia in the flesh for the first time was really quite breath-taking. The sadness in her glassy eyes, the placement of the flowers around her. The delicate lace of her dress. This balance of the romantic and the macabre is really alluring to me. When writing for this song I explored the meaning behind the flowers that surround Millais’ Ophelia. The forget-me-nots stood out, to me they were a key feature of this piece. They carry their meaning in the name”. “My concept for the video was to mix the romantic macabre I associate with the painting, with a ’70s horror aesthetic. It is the “Moon” to Deity’s “Sun”. A sister video to illustrate the themes across both sides of the ‘Deep Blue’ album and Full Moon Media helped me realise this perfectly”.
Starting life as a melancholy instrumental piece by co-writer Stephen Carey and emailed over to Louise as a potential idea for inclusion on the ‘Deep Blue’ album, the music served as a catalyst to pull the disparate lyrical notes and embryonic concepts floating around the pages of Crane’s notebook together into one place, “I’d wanted a ‘second side of Hounds of Love’ feel, sort of like “Hello Earth”, and when Stephen composed this amazing piece of music and sent it to me, I immediately knew this was “Ophelia” before pen even touched paper”. “Even the instrumental break was the sound of her succumbing, drowning; the music was almost following her story before the lyrics were finally written”.
For the final flourish, Louise was able to call on the talents of Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull to add his signature flute to the piece, “I wrote both “Snake Oil” and “Ophelia” on the same afternoon, recorded the multi-tracked vocals here at home the next morning and sent them both to Ian for his input”. “He was a dream to work with on this, he asked me for my lyrics, so he could get a feel for the emotions I was going for, and I find that his haunting flute on this song really does take it somewhere otherworldly”.