The choice to pursue art as a career is not an easy one, and comes with no shortage of fear and doubt. Cami Petyn knows this intimately. “Quite beautiful poetic irony that this is now my debut single as an official artist,” she says of her song “Static”, which was written during a wash of anxiety as she considered the future.
“I was an anxious wreck that night. I decided to try to write about what I was feeling as a form of catharsis. And thus, a couple hours later, ‘Static’ was born.”
The track opens with a glitchiness that is mirrored in the clip. Percussion pops the song open and introduces Petyn’s controlled and smooth vocals as she lays her struggle out. The catchiness is immediate, as is the kinetic push to move to the rhythm.
The accompanying clip slides away from the jazzier richness of the song and highlights the anxious edge. We watch as Petyn struggles in confinement, then moves around the space, exploring. She is musician and character at once, bringing ideas of controlling her fate and being locked into fear together.
There is always a sense that Petyn is owning her fate, whatever it may be. “All of the mistakes you’ve owned,” she sings. “Will you turn it around?”