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  • Vasili Papathanasopoulos


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Australian songwriter and producer, aka Golden Vessel has returned with his scintillating new track getforward.

The musical project of Maxwell Byrne, getforward is the musicians most ambitious release to date. Sitting at 10 minutes long, the longform release is simplistic in its production and lyrical content, offering its conceptual nature and sonics room to breath. The track serves as a reminder to live in the present and not worry about the future, offering moments of introspective thought.

Offering insight into the composition, Byrne shares: “I noticed that especially in the last year I’d been gravitating to songs with longer run times that made a nice accompaniment whilst I was cooking or driving or staying calm throughout last year. I decided I wanted to try my own take on creating something that was longform but simple. I started ‘getforward’ from some Tascam-tape recordings that my friend Rutger (The Nicholas) sent me while I was on a writing trip in northern NSW. After forming the song, I sat down with another good friend of mine Caleb (Emerson Leif), and we wrote the chorus for the song. It was exciting to make something that had room to breathe, and I decided I wanted it to be perfectly 10 minutes long. I then got Japanese Wallpaper to record some final details on the song to help finish it off. It’s pretty simple but lyrically it boils down to just trying to be present and not get carried away with future thinking so much."

"I also knew that I wanted this song to be accompanied by a strong visual piece and the first person I thought of was my friend Harry Deadman (who’s currently living in the UK). The original concept that we came up with for the video had to be scrapped due to the UK going into total lockdown, and after almost deciding against going ahead with a video at all we re-wrote the pitch and Harry found a way to film the new idea completely covid-safe with a small crew in the town where he was staying. Harry made the most of the empty streets of Lymington, UK and he shot the video with a local actor Jaq Rashleigh (who is also a Gas Engineer) over one weekend.”

The release arrives alongside an official visual, directed by Harry Deadman. Throughout the clip, we follow actor Jaq Rashleigh as he undertakes daily activities and observe the moments that offer him joy within a mundane world.

getforward is out now! Watch the visual below.


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