Tom Stell, otherwise known to music-lovers as Golden Features has unveiled his latest single for the year with Vigil. The new track follows on from June's Touch, which saw his return as a solo artist and served as his first new single since 2018.
While Touch appeared as something of a slow-burning club banger, Vigil feels like the other side of the coin, ruminating on the idea of having too many thoughts running throughout your head when you're aiming for a little bit of silence.
“Vigil is about the point of diminishing returns,” Stell says of the track. “The sound of birds begging you to go to bed, desperately trying to sleep when your brain won’t allow it. It’s for anybody who’s managed to escape the kick-on only to be left alone in a silent room with nothing but head-noise.”
While Vigil is his second single for the year, it also serves as the second taste of his forthcoming body of work, which doesn't currently have a release date. However, it follows on from his 2018 debut Sect and previous releases with The Presets and as part of BRONSON.
Meanwhile, Vigil also comes paired by a music video directed by W.A.M. Bleakley (Vance Joy, DMA’s, Confidence Man) which aims to contextualise the track itself. Described as being both moody and euphoric, it was inspired by the “techno bunkers and hedonistic clubs of Berlin”, with the clip serving as something of a continuation of Touch.
“The Vigil video starts where the Touch video ends,” explains Golden Features. “It’s about trying to stay sane and navigate the head noise. I wanted to capture the moment after the afterparty when the last person has left and you’re alone with nothing but your thoughts.”
“Tom had a really clear idea for the Vigil clip, and we knew he wanted to link it with the Touch clip in some way so we decided to use the same cast,” added Bleakley. “If Touch is about partying and being lost in the moment, Vigil is about the comedown.
“We shot the clip on a massive 16-hour day in a studio,” he adds. “We were all exhausted and slightly delirious by the end of the shoot, but there was this collective feeling that we made something special.”