Saint Sister—the Dublin-based duo of songwriter Morgana MacIntyre and harpist/arranger Gemma— today reveal their brand-new single “Oh My God Oh Canada” from their forthcoming sophomore album ‘Where I Should End’, to be released on June 25. The official video is also out today.
Written as they were touring their 2018 debut ‘Shape of Silence’ in North America, the song paints a clear picture of the care that goes into maintaining relationships when you’re living out of a suitcase.
“‘Oh My God Oh Canada’ is about the intricacies within your most cherished and complicated relationships. It’s about not knowing where the line is, finding yourself on the wrong side of it and spending months trying to find your way back to the right place,” explains MacIntyre. “It’s about saying too much and at the same time, nothing at all, giving too much of yourself in one moment but not showing up when you’re needed most. I wrote it about wanting to be a better friend, but knowing I never would be.”
The video, produced by Algorithm Dublin and directed by Janna Kemperman and Kevin Freeney, was shot in County Wicklow, where the album was recorded. Speaking about the film, the directors said: “It’s easy to take the nature that surrounds us for granted. For this video, we wanted to highlight the beauty of the Irish landscape. By creating abstract lighting setups we want the viewer to observe nature in a different way and to cherish it.”
‘Where I Should End’ is an incredibly hands-on project, with every track written, arranged, and produced by the band, and sees MacIntyre and Doherty confidently evolving into their distinct roles as songwriter and producer. Layering synths and drum machines with harp, strings (performed by Crash Ensemble), piano, and other live band components, ‘Where I Should End’ —recorded at The Meadow Studio, Co. Wicklow with Rian Trench and mixed in Berlin with Benedikt MacIsaac—opens new sonic avenues for Saint Sister, while showcasing their most honest songwriting to date.