Sophie Simmons has been the spotlight for most of her life. From appearing on reality television to lending her name to Sophie’s Place — the centre for abused children in greater Vancouver — Simmons has been on a journey of creating and affecting the world in positive ways. This, of course, can never shield from the complicated and sometimes painful curveballs that life throws.
“Black Mirror” stems from a relationship in the throes of a breakdown, humanity’s reliance on technology (the song gets its name from the television show with the same theme), and our ability to find our true selves in the midst of all this. The track starts low-key with a snapping beat and Simmons’ strong but restrained voice, but then lurches with the addition of tech-warped dual vocals. The themes of infiltrative technology unleashed.
The clip for the song uses a retro VHS-style grain to create the ever-present sense of a third-level of technology; not to mention the television that Sophie Simmons is seen pushing away and leaning on through the video. Everything is cast in shadows here, the flashes of colour happening at glitched-out moments that create — along with Simmons’ increasingly fervent movements — a sense of urgency.
At every level, “Black Mirror” speaks to the present day reality. We are stuck with what we have invented, and yet still held by the complexity of humanity and the clashes that come from intimacy.