"Snow Day For Lhasa" / La Lechuza
Made by Brad Todd
Montreal-based visual artist Brad Todd created a series of minimal looped video pieces projected during Esmerine's album launch concert in Montreal in June 2011, using found footage of owls as his source.
This video for "Snow Day For Lhasa" juxtaposes two of Todd's treatments, which degrade/reify one against the other in a long visual crossfade of sorts.
"Snow Day For Lhasa" is the centerpiece of Emserine's La Lechuza album. The record is dedicated to Lhasa de Sela (1972-2010) – it snowed gently and constantly for 4 days in Montreal following her death on New Year's Day 2010.
"Snow Day For Lhasa" features lyrics, guest lead vocal, and piano by Patrick Watson, who also tracked and mixed the song with Esmerine.
"Snow Day For Lhasa" was originally made available as streaming audio and in limited release to radio broadcasters on 01 January 2011, the first anniversary of Lhasa's death.
Lhasa loved owls.