Today, producer, musician and vocalist Skeleten shares the stunning visual accompaniment to recent single ‘Mirrored’. Filmed at locations around Sydney; Sten appears alone in a bedroom in Hurlstone Park, dancing in front of ANZAC Bridge, an aquatic centre in the city and alongside the cliffside vents at Kurnell, providing snapshots of a year in flux, in isolation.
Further extending the creative canon of Skeleten’s custombuilt universe, Russell Fitzgibbon self directed the video, with the help of award winning, Sydney based, Aboriginal cinematographer Tyson Perkins (Briggs, Triple One, Hayley Mary, The Healing Foundation) who took on the role of Director of Photography. Far from a debut outing as a director, Fitzgibbon has worked on videos for Cloud Control, The Rubens, and Moreton.
“Making this music has always been about sinking into time and place and feeling yourself reflected back, so I think that's what we tried to channel with the video.” Fitzgibbon explains “Like the music, I wanted it to be really simple and meditative, and for my performance to be basically straight unfiltered vibing it in these heightened resonant places. I never feel like I want extra layers of meaning in a clip, I just want it to embody the song.”
Russell Fitzgibbon cut his teeth in Sydney’s tight-knit electronic community just as the city itself was forging its own identity. As an artist, his symbiotic relationship with his hometown saw his career blossom in tandem with the city’s electronic coming of age. A gradual shift from early maximal sample-based productions morphed into more dance-focused releases as he continued to cultivate his sound. Always looking to understand music in new ways, these years of restless experimentation led to the genesis of his most personal project to date; Skeleten.
As one half of the renowned production duo Fishing, Fitzgibbon has previously enjoyed support from Pitchfork, XLR8R, Rolling Stone and more. He has graced festival stages nationally including sets at Splendour In The Grass, Big Day Out, Groovin’ The Moo, The Falls Music and Arts Festival, supported a slew of international artists like SBTRKT, Jungle, Yeasayer and The Go Team and headlined a run of sold out, headline shows down the East Coast of Australia
Outside of Fishing, Fitzgibbon has composed and produced music for TV and film, most notably working on a mini documentary series for the Australian Of The Year Award and promotional content for Sydney Theatre Company and the Indigenous Literacy Foundation.
The new direction is Fitzgibbon unfiltered for the first time as both a vocalist and producer. At the core of the project lies a strong sense of uncomplicated openness, as the music naturally took shape over relaxed, late-night sessions between other work. “For the first time, I was really just making music with absolutely no intention, just doing exactly what felt good in the moment,” Skeleten says. “It was only after I had all these ideas floating around that I started to realise how much it sounded like me, and maybe understand a little of what I was getting at.” Drawing from a seemingly limitless creative well, Skeleten contributes all design and visual components for the project, offering an all encompassing visceral experience for his listeners.
‘Mirrored’ is out now on Astral People Recordings / [PIAS]
‘Mirrored’ by Skeleten
is out on Astral People Recordings / [PIAS]
Listen now: https://ffm.to/skeleten_mirrored