It’s with a kind of poetic irony that art of most description has undeniably come from that place inside of us that holds a certain darkness, upon which we dare not look. Through this kind of internal process comes a metamorphosis, by which, catharsis enables both the artist and listener to share in a moving experience that transcends original meaning. Through the video for his latest single ‘Hourglass’, Scottish musician Charlie Rees has offered an insight his interpretation of this idea with juxtaposed visuals and thematic content.
Having first earned his stripes as a musician as the vocalist for Oceans Collide, Rees then went on to drum for Cerberon before taking steps to release this solo project. By the Rees’ own admission, the song was written at a time when he was in a very bad place:
“I was in a toxic relationship…slipping down into previous depression that I thought I had recovered from… When I decided to look back on my relationships with others… I had to come to terms with the facts…it’s better that we part ways before we become more hurt than we already are, so we can move on and help better ourselves and our lives.”
‘Hourglass’ offers a more introspective look than previous single ‘Bitter Taste’, which was crafted with a much more confrontational attitude in mind. The opening notes of the track hit you square on with a summation of the core themes that comprise the feeling of the record. There is a real sense of an arc, of overcoming personal strife to reach salvation through reflection. By the time the chorus reprises there is an overwhelming sense of a comforting hand reaching out to you to lift you from something darker in tone.
Exposing and confronting old wounds are a challenge that most of us will come across in life and by challenging his melancholy, Rees has found a means by which his desire to inspire and help people has found tangible form.