Review

Sam Fischer’s video for “This City” is a bittersweet ode to a home away from home

Contrary to popular belief, Los Angeles can be a lonely place on the road to success.

Australia-born-and-bred Sam Fischer took the leap and moved to the City of Angels a couple of years ago – and now his melancholic unraveling of his moments of doubt stands at over 60 million streams across platforms.

He’s been garnering a heap of attention since his debut EP Not A Hobby hit the airwaves last year, and he’s penned tracks for the likes of Demi Lovato, Elle King, Louis Tomlinson and Jessie J.

This guy’s got the kind of soulful, honey-warm vocals which we know best from Ed Sheeran – but Fischer’s embedded a raw, enigmatic quality to his narrative lyricism which lends something a little different. He’s a Berklee graduate in music and has enough experience in the songwriting scheme to put him far ahead of his peers.

“This City” is simplistic, stripped and stunning. A bare backbone of acoustic guitar and easy percussion pivots his liquid vocals as he sings to the city like it’s a lover who’s chewed him up and spat him out.

The video, produced by up-and-coming director Kimberly Stuckwisch is edited into what feels like a single shot. Dancers pace out a contemporary interpretation of the track between city streets and apartment walls – a visual rendition of being kicked and embraced by a place all at once.

“Am I getting closer to knowing where I belong?” he croons through the street lights.

Well, we’d all like to know.