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  • Vasili Papathanasopoulos


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Melbourne multi-instrumentalist Cantrips has made his return with his shimmering new single, Goodbye Yesterday.

Fusing together surf rock within a psychedelic tinged soundscape, Patrick Ryan, the musical mastermind behind Cantrips, is showcasing his growing skills as a musician and his songwriting prowess. Full of nostalgia and bittersweet lyrical moments of self-awareness, Goodbye Yesterday was predominately written and recorded in his Thornbury home studio. The musician used the opportunity as a time to explore his love for instrumentation and production, creating a textured and layered composition that truly shines.

Speaking of the song, Ryan shares: “This song was written around the time where I'd just left the safety of full-time employment and was trying to figure out what I wanted to do with myself. I’d been living in this sort of limbo, bereft of meaningful work and was tired of doing nothing about it. I was listening to a lot of 60s pop (Beatles, early Pink Floyd, Margo Guryan), a ton of Curtis Mayfield and other Motown grooves, and surfing a bunch. This track meets somewhere in the middle of the three. It’s a song about personal transformation - letting go of who you used to be and taking steps to finding out who you can be.”

The release is accompanied by a music video, shot in regional Victoria and filmed by William Hamilton-Coates, with the pair injecting humour into proceedings when it came to creating the music video. “The late lockdown and ongoing restrictions in Victoria meant that we had to get creative with both concept and execution. I’d been watching a lot of Monty Python at the time and the drummer on this track, Lachlan Clulow, suggested using something similar to the ‘endless running’ scene in The Holy Grail. If that wasn’t a sign…” says Ryan.

Goodbye Yesterday is out now! Watch the music video below.


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