Banah Winn, maybe better known by his stage name Opus Vitae, just shared a new single called “Chasing Ducks.” In his new track, the Los Angeles-based indie musician heads to his youth in order to figure out the future. Opus Vitae will release both and EP and LP in the near future.
Elaborating on the song’s lyrical content and meaning, Winn noted, “One of my favorite memories as a kid, chasing ducks around the pond of the lake in Portland Oregon. A song about missing home during the holidays. I was stranded in Los Angeles away from my family and alone for Hanukkah / Christmas. My step-mom sent me a photo album with pictures from my childhood bringing back a flood of nostalgic memories. A look back into the messiness that was my upbringing, and a look forward into the search for home.
It’s a reflection on childhood and dichotomy of how ignorance is bliss, yet during that time in hindsight you realize there was a lot more going on than you realized. I hope people will take away that family is messy, but its family, and that messiness is a wonderful thing. Despite living in a home that was essentially splitting apart, and feeling like I was in the middle of it all, there were a lot of really great times to feel nostalgic about. The idea of home is an important one, and a universal one, and I know we’re all looking for that. Even if that place is far from perfect.
A stark shift in instrumentation and scene switches the narrative from past to future. It was originally written as a guitar ballad, became a much more cinematic nostalgic dream, with a duel beat and overdubbed keyboards and mellotron strings.”