Get on your spacesuits.
Australian artist Golden Vessel just dropped his newest single “MOONSTONE” the other week but he’s already flying in with a music video to complete the mission. Donning a full spacesuit, a handful of moon rocks, and a laser beam, Golden Vessel Elkkle and Akurei stage a moon landing with a bit of a dramatic twist with a special guest appearance from Mallrat.
The video actually has some historical significance to it as well, referencing the disappearance of NASA’s original moon rocks. In 1998, so the story goes, US federal law enforcement launched an investigation into missing moon rocks from one of its original NASA trips into space on Apollo 11. The specimens once brought back to earth in 1969 were distributed across the world in the famous Goodwill Moon Rocks initiative, only to, nearly 30 years later, have mostly vanished or become untraceable.
Golden Vessel used that story as inspiration for the song, discussing it with friends and collaborators Elkkle and Akurei, saying “I started telling them about the stolen moonstones and then morphed it into a metaphor for a conversation we were having earlier about missed opportunities and when we or friends miss out on something that should’ve been in reach (and the frustration around that). The stolen moonstones became the missed opportunities and we all started writing. We tried to sneak a few references from the different stories around stolen moon rocks into the song such as mentioning Joseph Gutheinz who was a NASA special agent tasked with recovering the missing rocks.”
Closing out the year by taking to space isn’t a bad way to celebrate an eventful 2018 for Golden Vessel. His other music video for the colorfully brilliant “BIGBRIGHT” just got nominated for Music Video of the Year from Australia’s Triple J, he’s racked up millions of streams, and has collaborated with Duckwrth, filous, and Emerson Leif. He doesn’t seem to be slowing down at all though, announcing a North American tour for early 2019, kicking off in Boston at the end of January. See the full list of dates below and see more from Golden Vessel on Facebook, Twitter, SoundCloud, and Instagram.
Jan 31 // Boston, MA @ Sonia
Feb 1 // Washington, DC @ U Street Music Hall
Feb 2 // NYC, NY @ The Bowery Ballroom
Feb 8 // St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club
Feb 9 // Chicago, IL @ Chop Shop
Feb 15 // Boulder, CO @ Fox Theater
Feb 16 // Salt Lake City, UT @ Soundwell
Feb 21 // Santa Barbara, CA @ EOS Lounge
Feb 22 // San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
Feb 23 // Los Angeles, CA @ Teregram Ballroom
Feb 28 // Portland, OR @ Holocene
Mar 1 // Seattle, WA @ Barboza
Mar 2 // Vancouver, BC @ Celebrities Underground