Last week Australian artist LOVER gave us the next taste of his upcoming debut ep, ‘It’s A Wild World’, with a gorgeous new single called ‘Spiders’, and he’s coming back to us this week with a very cute music video that has been shot & co-directed by Maxwell Byrne, aka Golden Vessel, who also produced & mixed the song.
“As we were planning this release I was just finishing the ‘Waiting Up’ video, which was quite complex to produce and edit, so I really wanted to lean into simplicity for this release. I was up in Brisbane for some writing sessions and Max and I discussed the idea to make a simple performance visual using his signature handy-cam style. He had bought a new camera and after we worked on a track we went around the corner and filmed in a car park. To be honest this was actually our second attempt as the first one we realised that the AA batteries only lasted for about 40 minutes, so we had to move a lot quicker haha.
We shot all the footage and the press photos the same afternoon in about an hour, I got the footage and edited it together pretty roughly keeping with the lo-fi style. Max had the idea to add some animations to give the video more flavour. I spoke to my housemate Clare about adding some animations in her style and after a couple of long days she had the video all done!
Some last-minute touch ups by myself, and some guidance from the master Jayemol, and we have the video you see today! Hope you enjoy.” – LOVER
Since bursting onto the scene back in late 2018, LOVER has been forging his own style of indie-R&B/alt-pop music which has been likened to a mix between Dijon, Bon Iver and Brockhampton.
As LOVER explains below, ‘Spiders’ was co-written with one of his mates Maxwell Byrne, aka Golden Vessel, while he was on a trip to Sydney recently, and the inspiration for the song itself actually dates back a few thousand years…
“This track was born out of a writing session at my house in Sydney with Max (Golden Vessel). As we were cycling through a bunch of different ideas Max brought with him, he started playing these particular piano chords which I really resonated with, and within minutes I found the melody floating around inside my head.
The night before this session I had stumbled across this story from Greek Mythology; “humans were originally created with four arms, four legs and a head with two faces. Fearing their power, Zeus split them into two separate parts, condemning them to spend their lives in search of their other halves”
The story must have resonated with me and stuck in my subconscious as the next day I pretty much sung all the lyrics and melody in one go. The song covers the same story but from the perspective of when you find the person you’ve been searching for. All your past relationships and experiences feel like the pathway to this person and can feel like you are free falling.
We mentioned titling it something off-kilter. The piano reminded me of spiders crawling for some reason and the idea of two people together having four arms and four legs helped tie it all together for me – so we landed on ‘Spiders’. Hope you enjoy!” – LOVER
‘Spiders’ is available everywhere now via Mammal Sounds Records and stay tuned over the coming weeks for a ‘Spiders’ music video which LOVER also co-created with Golden Vessel.
Production & Mixing by Golden Vessel
Mastering by Tanssi
Artwork by Dodge Pangburn & Tim Doherty
Press Photos by Maxwell Byrne
Music Video Credits:
Filmed by Maxwell Byrne
Co-Directed by Maxwell Byrne & LOVER
Editing by LOVER
Animations by Clare
Colour Grading by Jayemol