Australian fingerstyle guitarist Van Larkins has premiered his new video taking on Survivor's classic 1982 hit, 'Eye Of The Tiger'
Larkins' unique interpretation of 'Eye of the Tiger'– most famous for its use in the Rocky films to soundtrack Sylvester Stallone’s epic depiction of the ultimate underdog boxer – sees the motivational track reimagined as an instrumental piece. The cover manages to retain the depth of the original in spite of its stripped back instrumentation, illustrating the skilful technique of fingerstyle guitar and its innate ability to capture multiple elements of a song with just one guitar.
The video sees Larkins pay homage to the song’s most famous platform, with filming taking place in Melbourne’s famous Doherty’s Gym. Larkins stands alone in the ring with a guitar and images of graffiti from the iconic Hosier Lane flashing by – including a tribute to one of boxing’s biggest rivalries between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier.
New Video: "Cinder Moon" on Candyrat Records
Cinder Moon is a delightful and dexterous adventure into Larkins' multi-faceted playing style, the inventive and enchanting musician wringing more out of a lone acoustic guitar than some full bands can muster between several members.
According to the man himself, this is entirely by design: "If you close your eyes and listen to Cinder Moon, you can hear a full band and a melodic vocal line," he said in a statement. "And if you open your eyes to see what's going on, it's a real show — all the sounds are there without the safety net of technology."
Larkins displays mastery over his instrument with an impressively casual air, dotting in hanging harmonics, swift switch-ups, percussive pulses and all manner of fancy little tricks to fill out his songs' soundscapes, the simple nature of his instrumentation belying the record's obviously broad musical influences, with even unlikely elements such as electronica and retro funk peeking through the foundations of his technical yet incredibly accessible tunes.
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