Diamond Shake has today released his latest video in his musical anthology titled ‘Ghosts’. Continuing his brilliant collaboration with animator Dominique Bloink, A song about overcoming trauma, it captures that moment of healing with lyrical documentation and that certain something that I personally have come to expect from the music of Diamond Shake. That feeling of determination and subdued excitement that forces me to randomly go back a few seconds to soak in what I just heard. ‘Ghosts’ is that realization through music that things get better.
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Hitchens released Method in late 2019 as an outlet for his mental health struggles and visa woes being a Londoner in America. “Ghosts” in particular centers on overcoming trauma, namely being able to redirect his dark mental headspace through therapy and meditation. The video, once again directed by animator Dom Bloink, calls 300 and Sin City to mind in a graphic novel-esque struggle to regain control of his health.
As discussions on mental health, addiction, and immigration in America continue to gain prominent, nuanced coverage on cable news, Diamond Shake mastermind Matthew Hitchens has lived at the epicenter of all three hot button issues for the past fifteen years.
Growing up in London and playing in bands through his teens, Hitchens moved to Los Angeles seven years ago to pursue a solo music career. After a few failed projects, missed auditions, personal struggles, and a particularly bad visa experience, he decided to stop relying on other people and make the album that faced his demons head on. From Method To Madness arrived with bluesy aplomb in late 2019, balancing Hitchens’ most candid lyrics to date about mental health. In late 2020, Hitchens celebrated the album’s 1st anniversary by launching a video series with dazzling visual accompaniment for all ten songs by French animator Dominique Bloink.