Philadelphia saxophonist/producer Max Swan released a video this week for “Golden Slumbers” from his OGEP in collaboration with director Chris White. It’s an engrossing interpretation of the ambiguous instrumental sounds, opening with a beating then playing in reverse to its origin, then adding additional details as it recaps going forward. It plays on the cyclical verse/chorus structure of the songwriting, even without lyrics, and implants its imagery within your mind for the next time you hear the song. It’s intended to be a foretaste of things to come, as the two are writing an album/movie together that purports to be a new audiovisual approach to storytelling, combining music and video in an intimate way that has not often been explored. As independent artists, they don’t have the budget of a Beyonce to just drop the whole project as a surprise, so they’re funding it all through Kickstarter:
Given Max Swan’s ever-expanding repertoire of multidisciplinary talents, this project will at very least provide us with a visual way to experience his unique music beyond his incredible live show, which you can catch May 23rd at Hard Rock Cafe, as well as expanding his audience among film fans and White’s among music fans. With “Golden Slumbers” as an impressive calling card, it will be fascinating to see how the collaboration between these two artists develops into the future.
By Dave Fox | Philadelphia Ambassador | @philosofoxthedj | Beat-Play and Music Without Labels, LLC