Neil MacLeod – Tunnel Vision: 13th Floor New Song Of The Day

Neil MacLeod is an artist who is steadfast in their vision. He releases new single, Tunnel Vision, the follow up track to Fear, a watershed moment in the ongoing artistic evolution of the 24-year-old Ōtautahi / Christchurch born New Zealand singer-songwriter, producer, engineer, and artist.

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Neil MacLeodTunnel Vision sees MacLeod‘s artistry venturing to new places, blending his signature alt-electronica sound with RnB influences for the first time. Featuring delicate pianos, driving beats and heavy sub bass, MacLeod wrestles with topics of pure drive and passion. “Tunnel Vision‘ is a side of myself that people haven’t heard yet,” says MacLeod.

“It’s a song about the impact of that mindset – tunnel vision – specifically in a relationship,” he says. “The chorus talks about not being able to see the forest for the trees. That’s something I’ve dealt with more than I’d like to admit, getting hyper fixated on things to a fault. The song resolves that a ‘little closer to the middle’s where we wanna be.’ I think that’s true – somewhere between focused and curious is where I want to exist.”

For MacLeod, the visual world of songs holds acute importance, and the visualiser accompanying ‘Tunnel Vision’ continues the mystery we first got a taste for with the release of ‘Fear.’ It builds anticipation for the full spectacle waiting in the wings to be released with his upcoming EP.

“The video is a continuation of a story we started telling with the visualiser for my last single ‘Fear’. The story these clips tell is a symbolic one with a concept that can’t be easily explained without ruining the surprise of what’s yet to come. For now I just want people to bathe in the mystery. There’s an amazing visual offering on its way, and these visualisers are simply warming up your taste buds. Everything will connect soon enough.” The visualiser was animated by Dylan Pritchard and co-directed by MacLeod and director, writer and photographer, Oscar Keys.

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A decade on from when a young MacLeod first uploaded his early music to SoundCloud, Neil has honed his craft from singer-songwriter demos to widescreen productions, born from introspection, reflection, and masterfully curated self-expression. ‘Tunnel Vision‘ showcases a new side of MacLeod’s unique sonic identity and was written with Sam Thompson (Drax Project) and mastered by Ryan Schwabe.

Nourished by a musical diet of atmospheric electronica artists such as Bon IverBurialJames Blake, Floating PointsKiasmosArca, and BjörkMacLeod is well on his way to establishing himself as a pillar in the electronic music landscape of Aotearoa. His EP We Have Known Lost Days (Remixed) was nominated for Te Tohu Hopunga Puoro Mariu (Favourite EP / Mixtape) at the 2023 Student Radio Network Awards, and received recognition from outlets such as DazedAcid Stag, and NZ Musician.

Tunnel Vision’ releases via Aotearoa New Zealand indie label Particle Recordings.

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