I Spy….. new music from Mikhael Paskalev
Norwegian maestro Mikhael Paskalev releases a sparkling and fantastically upbeat guitar-led pop gem Witness alongside a glittering seven-minute short film. Witness is the first official single to be released off his forthcoming second studio album which is set to be released in 2017 via Dew Process.
Witness, is an irresistibly catchy first glance at new music since Paskalev first caught the world’s attention with his 2013 debut album What’s Life Without Losers. The track was co-written with good friend and artistic peer James Canty and was created alongside long-term collaborator and producer Joe Wills
The accompanying short film is produced, directed, and edited by Pasklev and the song’s producer Joe Wills. The clip premiered via The Line Of Best Fit who declared “Witness” is an unrestrained bout of shapeshifting pop. It doesn’t really conform to one idea or style, with fragments of disparate genres working in unison to yank at your heartstrings – woozy grooves, rock’n’roll riffs, and intoxicating hooks all build towards a breathtaking climax. Paskalev dances his heart out in the film – it’s an exhilarating experience from start to finish, with moments of poignancy throughout. This is a perfect blend of sound and vision.”
Says Paskalev “The song ‘Witness’ is pretty much about finding that release from whatever hurt or self-doubt you’ve been holding. That calming that comes from losing yourself in the moment. When it was time to make the music video, I really wanted to make something that felt sincere, but daring.”
After Paskalev is confronted by “Death”, a young, inoffensive man with his customary questionnaire on life and regrets, he is granted one final wish; to express himself through dance. The scene unfolds in a cheaply converted old swimming pool, as Paskalev plays out his routine under the gaze and judgment of Death. “A Witness in the Shadow of Love”. The dance slowly inspires a yearning and rapport between both characters as they come together for the last throws of the video. Bringing home, the final release and optional metaphors.
“The film is loosely based on my day to day life, I guess. Being caught in my own vanity, the big daydreams, and the worries of falling short. A numbing loop of thoughts and the makings of a passive existence. To go head to head with it, my emotional compadre Joe Wills (producer/death) and I decided to be overtly ambitious and set ourselves up for failure by directing a video, alongside great mate and experienced cinematographer, Jasper Spanning. The result is probably my favorite thing I´ve ever put out. I guess now that I think about it this video is just about two dudes in a quarter life crisis, wanting to flip the finger to self-made pressures of completing an album.”
Paskalev set the music world a flutter in 2013 with his much loved debut What’s Life Without Losers. The cheeky Risky Business-inspired, video for ARIA charting single ‘I Spy’ has reached over 2 million views, the track has garnered over 8 million streams globally and also ranked at #75 in the triple j Hottest 100 that year. He won over Australian audiences on his first ever Aussie tour in March 2014 quickly returning to the country only months later for a knock-out performance at Splendour In The Grass.