An autobiographical, philosophical yet visceral, cross-cultural stream of consciousness, a soundscape and dreamscape flowing between London and Freetown. Culture can migrate with the person. Indeed, every culture is a mosaic of countless personal, familial, and local stories and experiences. Culture is exchanged across time and space, yet it is always changing in the PROCESS. That is the narrative: sung yet unspoken.
A stunning marriage of image and sound I've felt fortunate to experience, and not likely to forget. I felt immersed in each person, in each moment. Glimpses of sounds and melodies and everything in between were seamlessly woven together despite even the most abrupt shifts. It was beautiful, it was emotional; it somehow felt honest, and bare. A brief encapsulation of a soul. I couldn't look away.
Interesting; really interesting. Some stunning cinematography; gorgeous images from Sierra Leone juxtaposed with gray grimy London; but everywhere the artist eye can fix on beauty. This short - about half hour - is well worth the time. Dreamy, atmospheric and filled with very photogenic people. Some excellent dance too. Themes of identity and loss but it's subtle and the imagery is more than enough.
An absolutely stunning and cinematic music video of sorts. The images that Kahlil Joseph captures and creates are truly amazing and utterly breathtaking at times. Just gorgeous cinematography. Sampha's music is not my bag, but when he's playing on the piano and singing, he's at his best (for me). There's a beautiful song about him playing on his mother's piano that I just loved.
Kahlil Joseph has recently become my favourite director and he hasn't even made a feature. I'm so glad he's pioneering this visual album thing because they're each as stunning as the next ('Lemonade' was basically an event; I know people who remember where they were when they first heard about 'Beyonce') The music and visuals merge so well here, Sampha is incredible, I can't wait to watch this again and again.
i'm halfway through and already i miss it on MUBI...art as engagement with/also vacation from/ the world and it's promises and perils...stellar...i'll be back...audiovisual art as empowerment OF life, and although i may not personally be part of Sampha's key demographic, i can still rave on and on about the fineness of the final product...and F it, i dig it, so i AM the demographic...found my blanket for the year!
Hmm...couldn't possibly understand or empathise with the mis mash of edit cuts here there and everywhere...very late Terence Malick influences obviously but at least his sequences are more cohesive and comprehensible so therein lies the difference...and to be honest most of the tracks sounded the same, not complaining just commentating...very modern film School camera techniques, tracking in/out, panning slow, etc...