Exclusive Video Premiere: Ben Catley “Open Skies (This Splendid Sun)” (2020)

Open Skies

Friday saw Ben Catley release his brand new single, “Open Skies (This Splendid Sun)”. The track was recorded in collaboration with Tijuana Cartel’s trumpet player Eamon Dilworth. Today we’re pleased to premiere the uplifting and isolation busting music video that accompanies it. 

Filmed by surfer and filmmaker Lachlan Ross, the video captures the stunning scenery of the West Australian coastline. It’s a little bit of an escape from those isolation blues. Thanks to Covid-19, many of us can no longer get to the beach or the coast, but thanks to this clip at least, we can bring a little bit of the coast to you. In fact, that was one of the motivations behind the video. Catley wants the release, “to spread some happiness”, adding that, “if it can be a bit of an escape for anybody, I’d be stoked. 

The video also proves to be the perfect accompaniment to the track’s hazy sun kissed salt sprayed vibes. Compared to Catley’s other releases and his live performances, “Open Skies (This Splendid Sun)”, is much more relaxed and atmospheric. There’s a real warmth to the song, which is borne out in Ross’ stunning visuals. Here’s what he had to say: 

“This song instantly brings my mind to a place of warmth and happiness. I have definitely tried to make use of that feeling to showcase the beauty of the South West region, with of course a few incredible wildlife interactions from the North West. If the visuals can stimulate that happiness and warmth inside you, alongside Ben’s special instrumental that’s definitely my goal completed. I hope it brings you some joy and most of all, something to look forward to exploring after these strange times.”

Check out the video below and start planning your first post quarantine beach trip now.

“Open Skies (This Splendid Sun)” is available now.

You can find Ben Catley on Facebook and Instagram. While you can find more of Lachlan Ross’ work on Instagram and his Official Site.

Simon Clark

Books Editor. An admirer of songs and reader of books. Simon has a PhD in English and Comparative Literature. All errant apostrophes are his own.