Winnipeg’s Holy Void debut video for “Wretched Child”

By Ellen Reade

Aesthetically, the video for “Wretched Child” looks like found footage from the late 1800s to early 1900s. The video was shot with an old Super-8 camera on an isolated farm just outside of Rosthern, Sask.—which achieves a vintage, early Canadian settlement vibe.

Imagery of expansive, snowy landscapes and a collapsing settler’s home create the air of isolation and cabin fever felt by early Western pioneers. The loneliness sets the stage for an uncomfortable, borderline gothic horror story of prairie madness.

The plotline is simple, but unthinkably twisted. Daniel Hacking, the bass player for Holy Void, justifies the horrifying imagery with a complex artistic message.

That’s one Wretched Child

“It’s about opportunities” Hacking says. “Some parents want their kids to grow up to be doctors, firemen, politicians—to contribute to the world. Other parents want to see their children contribute in other ways.”

Motifs of death, isolation, coldness and cannibalism convey the distance often created by unachievable parental expectations.

“Wretched Child” is the first of two music videos to come, which are to be featured on Holy Void’s upcoming eight-track LP, Naught. Naught is filled with the Western-influenced, prairie-psych horror present in “Wretched Child,” and is set to release in late August through Transistor 66 Records.

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