I’m from Montreal, but I’ve lived in Toronto for over three years now. The things I miss most about my hometown are my friends and the food. I still think it’s one of the best cities to be an artist in. My Montreal-based buddies Catherine (McCandless) and Steve (Ramsay) used to have a band called Young Galaxy. Now they do a bunch of things, including a project called Riches.
I am obsessed with the Riches song “Spirit” and its mesmerizing video by Cameron Mitchell and Clayton Beugeling.
It’s always exciting to talk with friends about the artistic projects they are incubating/fermenting/hatching. I remember sitting by a lake with Catherine last summer and talking about our shared obsession with the idea of the monstrous mother.
How do we come in and out of monstrous motherhood? How can we harness this place (or state of mind/being) so it can fuel rather than drain us creatively? This song asks these questions and more.
I’m featuring it in a short film I wrote and I keep listening to it on repeat and re-watching the video that’s like some kind of pagan, LSD freak-out/modern dance mash up. It’ s prophecy. A retelling of some forgotten, but essential myth.
“Spirit, come to show me I’m the chosen one. Swing me like an axe into a frozen pond.”
“Guide me to the temple I’ve been dreaming of. All I’ve ever wanted was eternal love.”