Two halves of a chant – or a prayer – intertwine, exposing the tension between fear and hope, a constant and perhaps necessary conflict of the self. The result is the exhilarating and alchemical debut single from Hildegard, a new project from experimental singer-songwriter Helena Deland and multi-instrumentalist and producer Ouri (Ourielle Auvé). “Jour 2” is accompanied by a sprawling music video, further opening a window into the two polymath artists’ innate creative connection.
Deland and Ouri describe “Jour 2” as “a psychedelic mantra that labours to reconcile the dissociated self by contrasting eeriness and softness.” As a whole, they view Hildegard as a testament to the intense and often mystical collaborative process; to losing yourself in one another only to emerge as something new. They drew inspiration from the life and work of mystic, healer, composer, and visionary 12th-century nun, Hildegard of Bingen, invoking her as a carrier of the magic they felt working with each other. Together they worked with artist Melissa Matos to develop the visual language for the project in order to reflect this melding and switching of identities. Hildegard will release their debut album later this year, more information and music to be announced soon.