This Beautifully Bleak Song About Depression Featured In The Latest Season Of Black Mirror

South London artist Mellah bares his soul on “Old Friend.”

Mellah is a singer-songwriter and carpenter based in Peckham, south London, and writes songs whose lo-fi surfer ambience belie the dark subjects at their heart. His latest ballad "Old Friend," taken from his debut EP Liminality, may sound familiar: it featured in the exceptionally creepy episode "Playtest" in the 2016 season of Black Mirror.

"'Old Friend' is about depression," Mellah explained to The FADER in an email. "A subject I find is commonly experienced, but rarely granted any social grace. It's maybe unorthodox to refer to depression as a friend, but I have always experienced a strange familiarity, even comfort within it, despite its crippling weight. It's often easier to withdraw inwards, at least in the short term.

"I shot the video on a little 8mm camera while driving from New Orleans to California with some friends last autumn. I wanted the video to act as a joyful counterpoint to the subject of the song, while complimenting the lyrics' nostalgic affiliation with it."

Watch the video above. Liminality is out now on Lucky Number.

This Beautifully Bleak Song About Depression Featured In The Latest Season Of <i>Black Mirror</i> Mellah   Courtesy Mellah
This Beautifully Bleak Song About Depression Featured In The Latest Season Of Black Mirror