– featured image courtesy of the artist –
nestled among this year’s shortlist of outstanding releases is tica douglas’ our lady star of the sea, help and protect us. the album’s eleven songs are dotted with characters and stories born out of douglas’ time purusing their master’s degree in divinity from union theological seminary; at times sparse and at others cacophonous, our lady star and its contents should be unpacked over time with the utmost care.
at the center of our lady star lies “weightless,” a song about release, the lifting of burdens. the resounding catharsis is almost palpable once douglas arrives at the hook, their lead vocal toggling between the phrase “weight lift” and the song’s title as hesitant arpeggios further compound its melancholic buoyancy.
perhaps it’s fitting, then, that the new music video accompanying “weightless” seems so preoccupied with the concept of floating. director gracie pizzo aligns molds of slow-moving aerial footage to douglas’ verses and chorus; as more abstract imagery begins to drift by, douglas can be glimpsed taking it all in, transfixed by a fleeting instance of beauty analogous to the lyrical themes they explore.
our lady star of the sea, help and protect us is out now via team love records. watch the gorgeous visuals for “weightless,” premiering right here on the dimestore, below.