Building on a steady stream of impressive album singles, Golden Vessel’s debut album SLOWSHINE has finally arrived.
Brisbane-based artist Golden Vessel, real name Maxwell Byrne, just raised the stakes for bedroom pop. The producer’s debut album, SLOWSHINE, brings ten tasteful tracks to the table, featuring an incredible lineup of collaborators, including DUCKWRTH, E^ST, Woodes, The Nicholas and Emerson Leif.
SLOWSHINE is sizzling with nuanced lo-fi beats. Byrne’s deep layered vocals warm up the lush production and beautifully underscore the collaborators’ vocals throughout. The album is the result of a yearlong effort, with Byrne molding the tracks to perfection daily, as he states:
“I’d spend most days trying to piece together different synths and vocals until it worked. I really loved the idea of having multiple voices inputting their own experiences and stories into a broader song topic and got to explore this with a lot of the songs; ‘BIGBRIGHT’ being the lead example of this having myself + 3 others (Elkkle, E^ST & DUCKWRTH) all bringing our individual styles under one song.” – Golden Vessel
The aforementioned standout single “BIGBRIGHT” is impossibly energetic, bringing Golden Vessel’s best on all fronts. It’s the rare kind of track that could be twenty minutes and still wouldn’t be long enough; Elkkle, E^ST & DUCKWRTH’s verses float over the upbeat production, while Byrne’s chorus and bassline make the track truly unforgettable.
The album’s final single, “TONIGHT,” was also the last track written. Sydney rap duo Cult Shotta bring the album’s hip hop flavor to life between Byrne’s simple but catchy chorus. Though Byrne’s distinctive vocals fill the album, he leaves the spotlight for his collaborators, adding contrast and harmonizing in all the right places. The style works especially well against higher registers on standout tracks like “ORANGESMOKEFLAIR” featuring The Nicholas and dreamy downtempo tracks “HIGHWAY” featuring Emerson Leif and “PORTRAIT” featuring Woodes.
With SLOWSHINE out now via Exist Recordings and Ultra Music, Golden Vessel will soon embark on a 21-date throughout North America this upcoming July. All dates are listed below with more information and tickets available here.
Enjoy the debut LP from Golden Vessel below!
Friday, July 5, 2019 – LPR – New York City, NY
Saturday, July 6, 2019 – Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA
Sunday, July 7, 2019 – U Street Music Hall – Washington, DC
Friday, July 12, 2019 – Beachland Ballroom – Cleveland, OH
Saturday, July 13, 2019 – Empty Bottle – Chicago, IL
Sunday, July 14, 2019 – 7th Street Entry – Minneapolis, MN
Tuesday, July 16, 2019 – Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
Wednesday, July 17, 2019 – Outland Ballroom – Springfield, MO
Thursday, July 18, 2019 – Three Links – Dallas, TX
Friday, July 19, 2019 – Satellite Bar – Houston, TX
Saturday, July 20, 2019 – Empire Control Room – Austin, TX
Monday, July 22, 2019 – Larimer Lounge – Denver, CO
Tuesday, July 23, 2019 – Soundwell – Salt Lake City
Thursday, July 25, 2019 – Soda Bar – San Diego, CA
Friday, July 26, 2019 – El Cid – Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, July 27, 2019 – Constellation Room – Santa Ana, CA
Monday, July 29, 2019 – Rickshaw Stop – San Francisco, CA
Wednesday, July 31, 2019 – Doug Fir – Portland, OR
Thursday, August 1, 2019 – Barboza – Seattle, WA
Friday, August 2, 2019 – Lucky Bar – Victoria, BC
Saturday, August 3, 2019 – Biltmore Cabaret – Vancouver, BC
Featured photo via artist Facebook by Sean Pyke