It takes a lot of guts and more talent to take the bleakest moments of life and turn them into art, knowing that the most personal and raw moments will be exposed to for all to see and hear. But from such dark inspiration can come great music, with Such a Pretty House and Such a Pretty Garden by SamXVI (pronounced Sam) being a prime example. The video contains images some may find disturbing.
With the phrase ‘breathe out, breathe in’ reoccurring throughout the piece, it serves as a unifying thread to the at times disparate musical styles on display. Working its way through ambient electronica, rock, downtempo, grime and more; a warm and reassuring ambiance flows through each movement lending the whole piece an air of calm, the calm that comes from being certain of the path to take, even in the starkest sections. And hard as it can be to watch and listen to, there’s a real sense of fragile, damaged beauty flowing through every second.
He describes the project as ‘a story about staying afloat’, about hope and depression. He goes on to say: ‘I wanted to make “Art” (or you know, just something that was mine) and not to be bound by any sort of rules, and tell interesting stories, so for the last three years I’ve been on a sort of “journey” to expand and come up with something. Pretty House is the first instalment of that’.
You can stream the individual tracks from Such a Pretty House and Such a Pretty Garden on Spotify.