MELANCHOLIA by William Basinski & Elaine, James
In Melancholia, one is immediately transfixed by the lilting, repetitive piano melody of Basinski’s “The Saddest Melody Ever Heard”. Drawn slowly through the dark veil of a lonely tunnel of trees, eventually the world is revealed, shining deceptively. Immediately one begins a bumpy journey around a dull and hollow shell, before being drawn back, away through the encroaching black veil that cloaks and colors all perception. Shot in Super-8 at the World’s Fairgrounds in Flushing Meadows, Queens, NY, Elaine & Basinski’s Melancholia is a concise, darkly romantic psalm, an elegy, a love letter to a broken world.