[2 September 2014]
PopMatters Assistant Editor
Just over a month ago, PopMatters premiered the video to Sara Jackson-Holman‘s “River Queen”, the title track off of her new EP. Now, the echoey-voiced Jackson-Holman has released another video, this time for the longing and lovely piano ballad “Summer Song”, her newest single.
Though the song may suggest a sunny slice of pop, Jackson-Holman’s take on the subject matter is one of lamentation. The nostalgic music video highlights the song’s yearning and wistfulness, which Jackson-Holman bolsters with her powerful voice.
As Jackson-Holman tells PopMatters, “‘Summer Song’ is about the kind of sad nostalgia summer always gives me. In the Pacific Northwest, summer is a short few months, and there is always this feeling that the warmth is fleeting. This song is about the summer of a relationship, how especially in the moments of the greatest happiness, there is a knowledge of the sadness that will come. It is about that feeling of sadness within the surrender to the end of self, the end of the most happy season, the end of all things.
“We shot the video at Forlorn Lake in Gifford Pinchot National Forest and in front of my house in Portland. I wanted it to feel really intimate and personal, like a home video, which, in a way, it was.”
River Queen EP is out now through Expunged. You can stream it courtesy of American Songwriter here.