Premiere: Brendan Maclean shares the video for recent track Goes Without Saying
It's a snippet of brilliance taken from his latest record And The Boyfriends, which is among the year's most over-looked.
Brendan Maclean is a special musician, and one critically overlooked by the Australian population. In the time since his debut 2016 song package funbang1, the musician/actor/performer/master-of-all-trades has consistently stepped forward as a multi-disciplinary threat to Australia's art and performance world in a way that exceeds many of the names he's grouped amongst. "If there's a performance that needs 100%, Brendan Maclean is the person to do it" isn't really a saying amongst the arts community, but should be - that's what we're talking about here.
No different is his musical ventures. His debut album, this year's And The Boyfriends, is amongst the year's most brilliant, yet slept-on. Featuring an all-star cast of performers and some of Australia's strongest vocalists on backing vocals - Montaigne, Kira Puru, Ainslie Wills - the record is a nine-track exploration of Maclean's continual brilliance, stretching from down-tempo, ballad-esque moments to one that swirl with Robyn-esque synth-pop, like the changing album lead Hibernia - "a Murder Disco Ballad," he calls it.
One of the album's many highlights is Goes Without Saying, which sits somewhere among the album's middle. It received the remix treatment from legendary dance-pop duo Stereogamous back in August, and now, to cap off Maclean's big year, he's sharing the visual accompaniment for the track too, directed by Stef Smith and starring iconic Sydney performer Betty Grumble and Neil Phipps.
As Brendan explains, the single was born while he was working on another project - last year's TV program F**king Adelaide - which also ties into the single's official video clip, a reflection of sorts on the experience and how it shaped the record and this track specifically: "F**king Adelaide was a brilliant iView comedy I was apart of early 2018. Super fun experience directed by Sophie Hyde, do it again in a heartbeat," he says. "The kicker is I play this cynical, theatrical, gay, failing musician - so, basically myself."
"Goes Without Saying was written while I was on set so it always feels like Eli, my character, had a hand inspiring it and then later in the song I'm reflecting on that bizarre experience of watching myself on the big screen and being praised for this character that felt like a parody of my life. This video, directed by Stef Smith, is our attempt to emulate that experience and the odd emotional fallout that came with it."
Dive into the clip below:
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