The video was created in collaboration with Montreal based film editor Olivia Du Vergier, and Vancouver based videographer Daniel Keen.
The Wounds track engages with themes of grief, isolation, community, and growth. Filmed on a rainy day in Esquimalt on Vancouver Island, the video depicts complex juxtapositions of moving through painful experiences – from recalling difficult memories to unexpected moments of reprieve. With undertones of trauma and playfulness – Wounds is at once about mourning and reveling, and not taking oneself too seriously through the process.
Comprised of six multidisciplinary artists, Saint Lo. (formerly known as St. Lawrence Warehouse Company) is an eclectic alt-folk collective based out of Montreal whose music evokes relatable complex emotions surrounding themes of vulnerability, isolation, connection, nostalgia, loss, and triumph. As noted in Consequence of Sound, the band “showcases impressive sonic breadth”; pairing harmonies with saxophone, accordion, violin, guitar and rhythm, they craft a uniquely varied body of lyrics and song.
“The neighborhood is quiet, but the bar hums with life. The long, rectangular hall is packed all the way up to the cramped stage, where [Saint Lo]’s members soon squeeze onto. With six members, it’s an accomplishment that nobody gets knocked off. The band features a vast array of instruments, including, but not limited to, saxophone, violin, accordion, flute, and xylophone. The equipment lends itself to massive folk stomp-and-clap sing-alongs à la The Head and the Heart, but the band showcase impressive sonic breadth. The styles of their tracks vary immensely during their set, especially as different instrument players take lead vocals.
The accordion player weaves a dark, rip-roaring tale about not liking the person he sees in the mirror; the guitarist leads the penultimate track, “Best Friend’s Clothes”, an exuberant drinking song; the flutist brings the set to a close with the gentle, wistful “Grace”. Despite the earlier, more energetic tracks in the set that get the crowd bouncing, the closer feels like a fitting end for the last concert I’ll see this week.”