Melbourne musician Timechyld has just released the video for his track Love Bank. Following years of writing, recording and performing, honing his craft and his love for 70s and 80s era funk and rock, Love Bank heralded the arrival of a fresh new talent to the Australian music scene. The song pops and explodes with shiny synths, smooth-edged guitars and vocal swagger. As a result of the massive amount of interest in this feel-good indie pop track, Timechyld set about creating the visuals for this amazing funk pop extravaganza. Watch here
LoveBank’s blend of contemporary and 80s pop sensibilities is explored further in the video, with its tongue in cheek performances front and centre, whether Timechyld’s behind a keytar, an electronic drum kit or a bass guitar. Or in a restaurant trying to impress a date. Self-deprecation in this instance provides a fun and amusing companion to the groove-etched, melodically rich soundtrack. Consisting of a narrative and performance pieces, these two elements alternate to give another dimension to the track, imbuing it with an even greater sense of mirth and mischief.
Timechyld’s hapless alter ego, suffering through his calamitous attempts at wooing a potential love interest, eventually succeeds, to some degree anyway: a wink to the camera seems to let the viewer in on the joke. But in a sense, there is no joke.
The track is brilliantly performed and recorded and the video, which goes some way to trying to mock the performer, all innocently contrived of course, nonetheless only succeeds in highlighting the sheer pleasure of the track and the sense of unadulterated fun we experience while viewing it, along with Timechyld’s blushing charm and easy-going disposition. The video works for these reasons and for the not so insignificant matter of not taking itself too seriously.