Lisa Elde is a London based Singer-songwriter, artist and textile designer.
She describes her music as a palette of soul, indie, jazz and rock - in short, an eclectic style influenced by her own mixed heritage. The main focus of her music and lyrics explore psychological states and the journey of healing.
What is the
Colour of Life?
This is the question that singer and songwriter Lisa Elde addresses in an immersive music video created and directed by her daughter, Djenaba Davis-Eyo.
In this familial collaboration, the artists embody the possibility of metamorphosis from fear to hope and pain to joy. The power of this piece lies in the combination of Elde and Davis-Eyo’s creative visions. Davis-Eyo’s video reinforces the message of hope expressed in Lisa’s lyrics: accepting old wounds in order to create new forms of strength. The partnership between mother and daughter transcends “the usual blood links', and though this project is intergenerational, their personalities are not prevented from merging in creative symbiosis: this is what constitutes the charm of this piece.
“I wanted to create something that fully represented [Lisa’s] vibrant and profound personality and her outstanding artwork. Each piece she does speaks a story of its own and I can feel all types of emotions and experiences that ooze out of her work. I wanted the visuals of the video to also flow with the lyrics and meaning of the song, I’ve heard her sing this beautiful song for years and I desperately want to present it to the world in its full glory”
A rich canvas is painted through Lisa’s hypnotic movements, perfectly complimenting her lyrics, the power of her words manifested in her physicality. The way in which Lisa inhabits her own artistic world is reminiscent of Kurosawa’s Dreams. She offers herself to the music: her movements, postures and figures give a second life to each word, while Djenaba’s work highlights this cathartic expression and conveys it visually.
The strength of Colour of life lies in a visual expression of emotions, through light, colour, and movement. This complexity is translated in the contrast between the open and colourful frames and dynamic movement and the slow, haunted dance performed in front of a black background that encircles the artist. Djenaba’s portrayal captures the song’s meaning in its integrality, whilst revealing her sensibility, understanding and love for her mother.
Paying homage to the ethereal vocal stylings of Portishead’s Beth Gibbons, Elde’s soft, haunting voice glides effortlessly across the track. This is then set against a swirling instrumental, with distorted guitars and keys fused together. The layered melody is given a sense of urgency by an insistent and rhythmic bassline.
The message carried through this music video is one of hope, a message needed in a year otherwise characterised by desperation. Hope, because out of fear one can create. Hope, because a positive flow of energy is still possible through music, and because despite our bleak times art continues to act as a declaration of love for life.