“If you call out, call out, call out, call out, I will follow you,” sings Julia Holter in “Our Sorrows” from her wonderful second album Ekstasis. What follows in the new video directed by¬†Naomi Yang is the Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter tying herself and her surroundings in the city and into the forest with a seemingly endless magenta ribbon. While watching the video, I was reminded of John William Waterhouse’s 1894 painting “The Lady of Shallott (looking at Lancelot.)” based on the Lord Alfred Tennyson poem “The Lady of Shallott.”

The poem was inspired by the tragic story of Elaine of Astolat, who died of heartbreak as a result of her unrequited love for Sir Lancelot. In Tennyson’s poem, he writes:

“There she weaves by night and day
A magic web with colours gay.
She has heard a whisper say,
A curse is on her if she stay
To look down to Camelot.
She knows not what the curse may be,
And so she weaveth steadily,
And little other care hath she,
The Lady of Shallott.”

The poem and the legend are beautiful and tragic, and just like this song, full of sorrow (I highly recommend reading both). On “Our Sorrows,” Holter’s ethereal vocals remind me of the late Trish Keenan of Broadcast and give this song a hymn-like quality. If there’s one album that you should add to your collection, it is Ekstasis, and you can order it here.

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