Samia – Triptych

The premiere of the “Triptych” music video last Wednesday acted as the final teaser for Samia’s debut album, The Baby, which dropped last Friday. “Triptych” is a bittersweet ballad about the end of a romantic relationship. The brutal lyrics juxtapose her voice, smooth and glassy as ever. The simple yet frantic guitar accompaniment transforms into a symphony, hazy and distorted, emphasizing the blurry reflection brought on by such a devastation.

On the song, Samia explains in a press release for her label, Grand Jury Music:

“I wrote “Triptych” sobbing in a green room in Denver. I’d just read the story of Francis Bacon and his lover/muse, George Dyer, whose chaotic lifestyle served as Bacon’s artistic inspiration. George Dyer overdosed in the bathroom of a hotel room paid for by Bacon, who famously painted a triptych of his lover’s final moments. I had just been through a pretty tough breakup and felt I might be purposefully getting myself into dicey situations to justify my big feelings and write about them.”

The music video shares the relationship between Samia and a ventriloquist puppet. Quick swapping close-ups of their face display a whirlwind of fluxing emotions and desperate interactions, perfectly executing the fears Samia shares in this track. The ascending bridge of the song shows Samia in the middle of a lamp-lit street, dancing in isolated motions, a ‘dicey situation’.  Perhaps she is just as much of a puppet as her lover, a relationship of two dead-ends. But when it is time to go to bed once again, where most of the story takes place, the two are reunited, not satisfied, but not alone. Samia’s eloquent and expressive lyrics gently command that her art be noticed.

The Baby presents itself as an seemingly-effortless exercise of Samia’s multi-octave vocal range full of technical skill and emotive power. Like the consistent string of singles she has released over the last couple years, including the first four for her LP debut—”Is There Something in the Movies?,” “Fit N Full,” “Big Wheel,” “Stellate,”—The Baby exhibits Samia’s ability to produce gut-wrenching, heartbreaking, head rolling tracks, this time coming together in an angsty, powerful story of navigating love and identity in your early twenties. “Triptych” acts as one last push, opening the door to a new age in indie music with Samia at the front.

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