Golden Vessel feat. Oscar Key Sung – ‘Dizzy’
As if Monday mornings weren’t already strenuous enough as it is, this one came with added bothersome distractions courtesy of Radio 1’s Greg James getting kidnapped off his breakfast show to be locked in an escape room indefinitely, seven MPs quitting Labour because literally everything is awful and racist and broken and antisemitic and Brexit or something, my dissertation plans taking on a bit of a new life following the publication of a 111-page select committee report on how Facebook might – shock horror – not be that great, my printer running out of black ink with 40 pages to go yet still managing to print the headings and hyperlinks of said report, my head still being a fair bit scrambled after a spontaneous trip to see Glass last night, and probably many other mentally draining things that I’m either forgetting or subconsciously choosing to repress for our collective wellbeing.
Anyway, I’m only mentioning that nonsense above because it’s probably why the opening lines of Golden Vessel’s latest bundle of wistful adoration – “Simpler days, take me back, take me back / Nutella crepes and the Eiffel Tower / Nowhere to be, just lost for hours” – are hitting with particular resonance inside my ribcage today. I’ve had a bit of an obsession with the Brisbane boy since finding ‘Bigbright’ back in the autumn and it’s one that’s only really growing by the day with digging through his catalogue – two EPs and a sprinkle of singles thus far, in case you were wondering – and production credits on various delightful things like ‘UFO’ and ‘Texas’ from last summer’s superb Mallrat EP. That said, if you’re new to his gentle electropop tendencies, ‘Dizzy’ is a perfect spot to jump in – delivered alongside a press release teasing it as part of some mysterious album-shaped thing on the horizon from Mr. Vessel, this is a thoroughly sweet team-up with his Melburnian compadre Oscar Key Sung.