Bobandii's new track takes fading love on a ride that will give you chills
Silas McClintock, the 22-year-old Auckland rapper/artist/enigma who is working under the pseudonym Bobandii, has channeled a softer, lo-fi sound on his latest track 'Day 61 Forever'.
Think Bon Iver, meets Shlohmo vibes.
'Day 61 Forever' marks a step away from the hype hip-hop that dominated Bobandii's debut mixtape Of The Forest (Jan, 2017) and his subsequent releases, and a return to the vulnerable, falsetto sound and layered vocals that gained Apple Music's attention on his break-out track 'Queen Bee'.
While 'Queen Bee' serenades the soaring emotions of a new love, conversely 'Day 61 Forever' shadows the breakdown of a relationship.
*Sarah was trying to stay in my head, she kept saying 'Stay with me', she wanted me to just be Silas, and I couldn't get away from the music, from being Bobandii.
Most creatives face a long, tough grind if they choose to make a career from their passions. Even the "successful" ones (by NZ's standards) usually still work day jobs.
And in a social-media dominated world, it can be very easy for many to fall into the painful trap of online comparison. Paired with the millenial attitude of I want everything now (look so and so's got it... so why don't I), many of us can feel lost.
In a way, that's exactly the thread of emotion 'Day 61 Forever' takes on.
Silas explains to George: "It's called 'Day 61 Forever' because it encapsulates a moment... I wrote it on the 61st day of this year. I went to the beach with Soph (his girlfriend at the time), and I had this moment of clarity, I wanted to keep that moment forever."
For that moment though, I was there. And I didn't want to lose it.
"*Sarah was trying to stay in my head, she kept saying 'Stay with me', she wanted me to just be Silas, and I couldn't get away from the music, from being Bobandii."
Silas further explained how his motivation and drive for success had blinded him from his surroundings and his people.
"For that moment though, I was there. And I didn't want to lose it."
'Day 61 Forever' is definitely one for the sad boys. Largely written from his girlfriend's perspective, it's incredibly self-aware, tender and painfully honest.
Eventually Silas' all-consuming commitment to his music drove an irreperable wedge between himself and his relationship, and the romance ended shortly after he wrote the song.
"It was the first time I'd written abut *Sarah since 'Queen Bee'. So, I wanted to bring back that same soft, minimal, vocal driven sound."
"Like 'Queen Bee', it was one of those songs that just kind of wrote itself, I'd finished it within fifteen minutes."
"But it took me a long time before I was ready to let it go. It sounds very different now than it did on the 61st day of the year. About six versions later..."
Check out the track and accompanying lyric video, shot on the Auckland cycle track and the West Coast above. Filmed by Aidan Rogers, edited by Silas himself.
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Silas' girlfriend's name has been changed.
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