VIDEO PREMIERE: Sean McMahon – Good Morning Tomorrow

Sean McMahon recently released his new album Victoria, a majestic yet understated collection of intimate and poetic songs. At various times across its nine songs you’ll be reminded of the poetic sway and strum of Jeff Tweedy and Wilco, the dreamy and surreal jangly rock of David Kilgour (The Clean) and The Byrds, the loose ramble of The Grateful Dead and the melancholic croon of Ron Sexsmith.

We’re very pleased to be able to premiere this beautiful video clip for the song ‘Good Morning Tomorrow‘, a moving and beautiful artwork by McMahon and film maker Ursula Woods in which imagery and mood is perfectly reflected back and forth between song and 16mm film.

The song is a piano-based composition that focuses on McMahon’s atmospheric and heartfelt voice and words, drifting above the plaintive piano notes and a dreamy, swooning guitar.

As McMahon explains, “this was the last song I wrote for the album,I knew the album would be done when this song became whole. I finished it off after I found out I was going to become a dad. It’s about trying to move focus from these interpretations of experiences past that culminate to form this skewed sense of who we are. It’s the first song I’ve ever recorded performed on piano.”

Upon hearing the song, Woods felt inspired to create a clip using ektachrome film, with its rich colours. “When I listened to ‘Good Morning Tomorrow’, I was struck by the beauty of the feeling that it was momentary. A vulnerable and intimate song, reflective and simple, poetic. This is something I really connected with and was drawn to. It reminded me of shooting on film where you just do what you feel at the time and that is the result you enjoy, without over producing it.”

Using an extremely old and clunky wind up 16mm camera, it felt magical to see these images come up on celluloid,” recalls Woods. “For some of the shots, my partner and I took the boat out at dawn and it was really cold but very still and beautiful on the estuary. The song goes to a beautiful middle section where it feels like floating or falling through the sky and sea. I tried to make something to feel like this.” 

Victoria is out now digitally via Bandcamp and streaming services.


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