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Golden Vessel Discusses New Beginnings with Single ‘Midwest’ and Launches New Label Sumoclic with Akurei

Golden Vessel talks to GUM about his latest single and recently launched label, sumoclic, with Akurei.

Known for cultivating a uniquely nostalgic sound, Golden Vessel can be found at the intersection of artists like Four Tet, Toro y Moi, and Brockhampton. Taking from a diverse array of elements found among electronic and hip-hop genres, the Australian artist released an exceptional debut SLOWSHINE last year.

Following a fair amount of travel and time away, the producer has returned with his latest offering “midwest.” Forthcoming with the hopes of a new journey, latest single “midwest” dreams of a distant future. Built among hazy rhythms and dreamy melodies Golden Vessel brings us to the cusp of a new beginning. GUM had the chance to catch up with Max about his upcoming album colt and the surroundings that inform his compositions.

You talk about the writing of ‘midwest’ as a sort of foreshadowing to time on the road in the US. How does the song resonate with you after your travel experiences?

Yeah! I wrote it in Brisbane in the summer just before I knew I was about to do two driving tours across America. But I think the song still feels like that feeling of expecting a big change up and counting the days till you leave Brisbane rather than particular memories on the road. 

Could you tell me about some of the places you visited and how it’s informed your songwriting process? 

We were so lucky and got to see a lot of America. I think LA has influenced me so much with songwriting and work ethic, but there were so many beautiful places with interesting people that we got to hang out with every night. I think it influenced me a lot visually and with my photography.

You recently launched a label with frequent collaborator and friend Akurei! Could you tell me a bit about how this project came about?

Yeah we’re very excited about it. I think Connor and I just talked ages ago about starting something that we could do everything through because we do practically everything together – mostly with the goal of releasing music through our own label. And then it was looking like I might get out of my label deals and so we put the company together! We’re hoping to do a lot more through sumoclic than just release music though!

Your debut album, SLOWSHINE saw great reception from listeners across the world. How can we expect your sound to evolve in your upcoming work, colt ?

Thanks! I think colt is a pretty big shift from SLOWSHINE, I wanted to simplify what I was doing and be more concise and I was on a steady diet of Big Thief and Arcade Fire and I think that definitely crept into my work!

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