Following the video for Son, shot during last year's spring lockdown, David Bertram collaborates with Wassailer for a second time, with more breathtaking results. The video for Song For Elsa opens with a bloodied and bruised man stumbling along a windswept beach. He is following an unidentified woman in a yellow dress as she walks towards the horizon. He's trying to catch up with her, but she remains agonisingly beyond his reach.And there is another problem. Intermittently this troubled individual is faced with an aggressive doppelgänger, who is trying to prevents him from getting closer - and sometimes becomes the woman...Like Son, this is stunningly photographed by Bertram himself. And like Son, he creates an emotional reaction in the viewer with terrific style, ingenuity and economy, with terrific use of the location. But this is altogether darker - the sense of self-destruction and loss is unmistakeable.
Rob Ulitski - 21st Jan 2021