Sydney singer Thomas Keating has just released an absolutely gorgeous track ‘Cold Night’ and a dazzling accompanying video for the song.
Inspired by time spent in Melbourne, the song is imperial and statuesque – crisp, sparkling instrumentation flow under Keating’s melancholic and expressive vocals. Keating says:
A few years ago, I moved to Melbourne for the year. I moved in the middle of winter, I was living in Fitzroy and I was feeling pretty down and lonely since I hardly knew anyone in this new city, and I could not believe how cold it was! I was working at this café at the time and I would start at 6 in the morning and walk to work. I came up with lyric for the chorus as I was walking to work one morning.
Added strings augment the emotional impact of this song: the guitar solo is restrained and haunting. It all adds up to a beautiful and gorgeously produced package that just evokes a wintry night spent alone in silent introspection.
The video, directed by Kieran Gilfeather, perfectly captures the inherent sadness and isolation evinced by the track. Intimately and richly shot, dark shadows and warm lights contrast the isolation of playing at home, with a sense of freedom from driving around the city at night with a lover – a scene that is mysteriously tempered by uncertainty and tension, beautifully shot around Sydney.
It is a rich and velvety tapestry. I am reminded of fellow Australians, the legendary The Triffids, with the deep and layered instrumentation and the sweeping vistas created by the melody and anthemic chorus.
You can download/stream the track here.