Gods / Maxwell / Philip Andelman / 2017

Gods / Maxwell / Philip Andelman / 2017

Footnotes

Maxwell talks about the song Gods, which builds on a four-bar melody, a glistening spine for the song: “I don’t know how these things come together,” he says. “I really cannot take credit for the writing or any of it. I am writing it, but it’s literally just … happening.”
Like many of
Maxwell’s songs, Gods concerns the physical as it flows into the metaphysical: “As you lied so convincingly / As you swore so religiously,” he sings, his voice evolving from its weathered and cracked register into a gentle shimmer: “You played the game of gods.” Two encounters dictated the song. “I was going through a really weird experience that involved this girl and this one particular individual that was upset about this girl who was interested in me,” he says. “It’s so funny – one thing will begin a song, and then another meeting will completely finish the song. So it’s like an arc of how everybody plays into this particular idea of the song.” And that is how Maxwell songs function: things arc into each other. “You want to say the right things. You want to say things you haven’t heard before, that people haven’t written before. How many times can you say: ‘I love you baby’?” ➡︎

Explaining the video's concept, Maxwell tells Billboard, "Inspiration stemmed from having an experience of sort of seeing the spiritual parallel universe—that which can't be seen. Art is subjective, visions evolve and I want fans to interpret the video on their own. I hope they enjoy it." ➡︎


Sources

◼︎ Maxwell returns: my working style is ‘Would Sade or Marvin do this?’ / Brad Nelson / The Guardian / 07 July 2016

◼︎ Maxwell Rides With the 'Gods' in New Video / Gail Mitchell / Billboard / 27 March 2017


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