Video Premiere: Immerse Yourself in Elisabeth Beckwitt's "Static"
I’ve known Elisabeth Beckwitt for years now, and through our many conversations, I know that her music is a representation of her most authentic self. While she writes from her own heart and pulls from her own experiences, she has a deep passion for connecting with her listeners by inviting them into a conversation about mental illness and empowerment. Beckwitt’s upcoming video series and recordings, Static Sessions, have the ability to make you see the world differently. If only for a few minutes, you will find yourself immersed in her artistic vision, fighting between light and dark, only to realize that they are interchangeable and necessary for personal growth.
Beckwitt has a playlist on Spotify called “Sad Girl Music,” filled with songs by Ingrid Michaelson, Sara Bareilles, Liz Longley, and Regina Spektor, among many others. “Sad Girl Music," according to Beckwitt, is “not as much about the word sad as it is about the other emotions and experiences involved in being a woman. The songs in this collection encompass the fight, love, fear, strength, vulnerability and perseverance that come with being a woman, melded together to create a sense of empowerment.” Each song in Static Sessions belongs in this playlist; most notably, “Static.”
The titular track is about the feeling that sinks you into your bed, makes your mind feel fuzzy, and causes a complete halt to your everyday life. As Beckwitt explains in the first few lines, “it’s the breaking down.” Millions among us (myself included), understand this feeling completely. “Static” brings tears to my eyes with its raw honesty. The knowledge that someone understands me at my worst and is providing me with a strong, relatable voice, is an undeniable comfort.
Visually captured by Charlie Ropp, “Static,” is shot in the style of a live-performance. Beckwitt is seen in her element; in front of a piano, powerfully singing as if she is the only one in the room. Her performance, (mixed and mastered by Jason Threm), makes you primally aware of your own thoughts and feelings. My favorite part is when the second chorus comes in, and she uses a higher register to sing the word “static.” If you’re not awake before hearing her belt that note, you will be!
Adding depth and a visual layer to the video, Chandra Rae is featured drawing and painting as Beckwitt sings her heart out. A pair of watercolor eyes fill the page by the end of the song, capturing the emotion of Beckwitt’s lyrics. The song and artwork alike are beautifully haunting. I invite you to watch the Static Sessions premiere below, beginning with “Static.”
Static · Elisabeth Beckwitt
Off the Gray Again EP
Video Credit: Charlie Ropp
Artwork By: Chandra Rae Artistry
Mixed and Mastered By: Threm Music and Entertainment
Photo: Molly Lins Photography