Borrowed Time

Two Australian Prodigies Combine to Create this Stunning Music Video

17-year-old, Brisbane-based producer Golden Vessel is gaining something of a reputation for his nectar-like chilled electronic compositions. For his latest single, Borrowed Time featuring the haunting vocals of Tiana Khasi, he enlisted the equally precocious talents of Sydney-born filmmaker, Jake Lofven.

And the result is pretty spectacular, an aural and visual feast steeped in black and white that has a sort of longing melancholia. Jake, also 17, is currently on a gap year before starting university studies and has decided to fill his time making extremely polished videos.

“I think the best music videos are the ones that truly honour the aesthetic and style of the artist,” says Jake. “They should use the artist’s image and be another medium through which the artist can further explore their sound. I also feel as though it should help audiences experience the sound and associate images with it.”

The video for Borrowed Time certainly achieves that, giving the song extra layers of meaning with striking contrasts and riffing deliciously off the syrupy, sorrowful vocals.

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We spoke to Jake about the process of working on the video.

The Plus: How did you come to work with Golden Vessel?
Jake Lofven:
Max (Golden Vessel) approached me via my Facebook page after having followed my YouTube content for a while.

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TP: What message were you trying to convey with the video and how did that compliment the vocals/lyrics?
JL:
Max, Tiana and I worked together to create a very simple concept for this video that would flow well with the sound of the track. So we decided to keep the film very minimal and focus on textures, atmospheres and architecture. As I started post-production on the clip, I found that I could also fiddle with the idea of contrasts in these textures; juxtaposing nature with manmade, dark with light, wet with dry.

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TP: Why did you choose black and white?
JL:
Our decision to use black and white came about when we were thinking of techniques that could accentuate the simplicity of the concept.

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TP: Was it a fairly collaborative process?
JL:
This video was certainly the most collaborative piece I’ve worked on yet! From the first meeting onward, this production was a very constant flow of visual ideas bouncing between all three of us.

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TP: What are you working on now?
JL:
I am currently working with a friend to write two short films to have completed by the end of this year. I’ve been meaning to have bigger films made all year but it’s only now that I’ve finally gotten off my ass to get things happening! Haha.