Musician and activist Samora Pinderhughes was born a mixed-race kid in the Bay Area and created his very own unique style of music: a blend of jazz and hip hop that’s a combination of striking intimacy and carefully crafted, radically honest lyrics with lush, immersive music, maximalist visual storytelling and high levels of concept. The Juilliard-trained pianist/vocalist has collaborated and performed with many artists across boundaries and scenes including Common, Robert Glasper, Sara Bareilles, Daveed Diggs, Herbie Hancock, Christian Scott, Jose James and more.
Today, Pinderhughes shares his deeply personal video for “Inertia” to coincide with Mental Health Awareness Month. “Inertia” was written in collaboration with and produced by Jack DeBoe and is part of their VENUS project featuring songs about the realities of depression, anxiety, labor, miscommunication, and identity. Watch the “Inertia” short film here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g8kHi4ZlbF8.
“Inertia” is a portrait of a person stuck in patterns of depression and anxiety: he’s grown so intimate with the feelings that he speaks to it and tries to negotiate with it, and tries to change. The video, directed by Sadé Clacken Joseph, visualizes the intense weight one feels while battling with depression and is inspired by both the artworks of Salvador Dali and Ingmar Bergman’s film The Seventh Seal, which depicts a chess game with death. “Inertia” features Pinderhughes as a boy haunted by the specter of death in the room, which starts to drive him crazy and causes problems in his relationship with his partner. He starts to lie to those closest to him about what he’s feeling, pretending that all is okay.