WATCH: Sydney Artist Suburban Spotlights Bipolar Struggles In Musical Feature Film, ‘[S][A][D],[F][U][N]’

Enigmatic Sydney-based artist Suburban has unveiled their ambitious film project, [S]LEEP [A]LL [D]AY, [F]EAST [U]PON [N]IGHT (or [S][A][D], [F][U][N] for short).

The project is essentially a short film, soundtracked by an original 12-track mixtape, which lays bare the artist’s struggles with bipolar disorder, insomnia, alcoholism and suicide.

“The film’s day-in-the-life premise condenses a 6+ month battle that started with wrongly-prescribed medication, accelerated through insomnia and faux-armoured mania, and crashed into a crippling depression with suicidal thoughts,” they explain.

“Each song within the soundtrack was written during these stages and provides an honest insight into the mind’s tendency to snowball and attack itself during depression, as well as the manic feeling it evokes of invincibility, hurtling into substance-abuse and reckless behaviour.”

The self-styled “genre-fluid” rapper had planned to screen the movie exclusively for fans in their home city, with at a SOLD OUT brick-and-mortar premiere slated for Newtown’s iconic Dendy Cinemas prior to the Sydney lockdown.

The screening is in the process of being rescheduled, with all proceeds to be donated to The Enemy Within, to go towards the organisation’s important work helping those who struggle with mental illness.

The film’s 12-tune soundtrack is also available across all streaming platforms via Adventure Cat Records.

Since returning from a 10-date UK tour at the end of 2019 supporting Sumo Cyco and a slew of dates across Australia, Suburban has released an unpredictable stream of “genre-averse” music, including an EP entitled DENT compiling a mixture of heavy, hip-hop and drum n’ bass sounds, as well as a free series of isolation-releases entitled BALLOONS via SoundCloud that encompasses a range of lowkey, lyricalled hip-hop and R&B tunes.

You can stream Suburban’s [S][A][D],[F][U][N] film, below.

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