One of the most captivating facets of Sadistik is his ability to make even the most numb of individuals feel. As he feels so deeply, and is unafraid to express those feelings with the world, the music he offers serves as a form of energy exchange – upon pressing play, you’re forced to peel open your eyes and look inward at your own headspace, heart space and psyche. It’s a raw, abrasive and personal experience, brought to life by the unabashed authenticity of Sadistik.
Having released Haunted Gardens last month, Sadistik comes through with a visual treatment for the Foxwedding-produced “Burning Lakes.” With the atmospheric, glitchy and appropriately haunting instrumentation serving almost like dark clouds brewing over his prose, Sadistik fills the sonic landscape with lyrics that find unique courtship between morbid and academic. If you know you know – and if you don’t, and are willing to Google a few terms, names, etc., Sadistik provides listeners with a lesson on culture, art, film and more. It’s a fascinating listen, as his entire catalogue is, with the Seattle-born/LA-based artist delivering his prose as though he is battling with dark spirits, the energy feeling like an exorcism of sorts. There’s acceptance in his tone as he rattles through a painful yet honest and accepting dialogue.
Much like the track itself, the Zeuropoint-directed visual captures a ghostly vibe as Sadistik twitches and stumbles his way through the snow-stricken wilderness with his dog by his side. Along the way, Sadistik makes, um, new friends with some of the wildlife he crosses paths with. It’s a simple video on the surface but, like one might expect from the artist, it has plenty going on in between the lines.
Haunted Gardens is available now on all major streaming platforms.
Watch “Burning Lakes” below.