Melbourne songsmith MOONLOVER has today released the beautiful video for track 'Mekong Delta Blues', paying homage to his Vietnamese heritage.
This is the last film clip that I’m gonna make for Thou Shall Be Free. PHEW!
This one I sliced together from all sorts of different bits.
The song is called ‘Mekong Delta Blues’. I started secretly recording conversations with my father because he’s getting old and his stories about the old country and his life are really important to me. What you hear at the start is an excerpt of one of those chats.
It’s a very strange thing to miss a place you never grew up in. I miss Vietnam, even though I was born in Australia. I grew up in mainly white schools and hung around with mainly white kids and always felt disconnected from being Vietnamese. It’s only in the past 5 years or so that I’ve properly realised how deep Vietnam runs in me and how magical it is to me. Something as simple as getting a banh mi in Footscray and speaking to other Vietnamese cats in Vietnamese gives me great delight and great melancholy at the same time. Oh the pang!
To all the Vietnamese people out there, I hope this clip might help you connect with your culture. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, culture is a beautiful thing and I feel very lucky to be a tiny little thread in such a rich tapestry.'
Moonlover is also very excited to be taking his full band along to Old Bar in Melbourne for a big ol' celebration of his debut LP 'Thou Shall Be Free' on Saturday night!
This will be Moonlover's last full band gig in Melbourne for 6 months as they are already making album number 2! As they never did a full band album launch for 'Thou Shall Be Free', here it is.
Supports confirmed as Hobsons Bay Coast Guard and Yukumbabe. $12 on the door!