“How to Move Forward” serves as the latest single from Sebastian Reynolds, the accomplished British keyboard player and producer. The track boasts a special guest appearance by Jocko Willink, a former Navy Seal renowned for his motivational speaking. Scheduled for release on September 1st under the PinDrop label, this single follows the earlier release of “Fetus” on August 11th and “Cascade” on July 21st. All of these tracks are part of Reynolds’ debut album, titled “Canary,” which is set to drop on September 29th, 2023.
The accompanying music video for “How to Move Forward” is crafted from footage taken during a night raid in Afghanistan, providing a unique visual context. This captivating single, succeeding the recent “Cascade,” encapsulates the sensation of apprehension amid impending crises. Drawing inspiration from decorated Navy Seal Jocko Willink’s advice to “keep calm and figure out how to move forward,” the song resonates with the principle of maintaining a focused perspective, even when faced with adversity. The notion of “keeping your world small” as a self-help mantra of profound significance is spotlighted.
Musically, “How to Move Forward” draws influence from the dystopian atmosphere of Thom Yorke’s “The Eraser,” while also paying homage to cult figures like Akira The Don, recognized for pioneering sampling from podcast culture luminaries.
Sebastian Reynolds boasts a rich history of music releases, spanning several EPs and singles over the past decade. Notable among these are the EPs “Nihilism is Pointless / The Universe Remembers,” “Athletics EP,” and the Thai-themed EPs “Mahajanaka / Maṇīmekhalā.” Additionally, his collaborative endeavors include the trio records “Solo Collective Pt 1+2” with Anne Müller and Alex Stolze. Beyond his personal releases, Reynolds remains dedicated to composing for Neon Dance, contributing to their acclaimed work “Puzzle Creature,” which has successfully toured Japan and the UK. His involvement extends to the co-production and scoring of the Thai dance and music collaboration “Mahajanaka Dance Drama.” Presently, he is engaged in a film commission for Oxford University.
The composition and production of “Fetus” involved a collaboration between Sebastian Reynolds and Mike Bannard at Safehouse Studios in Oxford. The mastering process was skillfully carried out by Andreas [LUPO] Lubich at Loop-O in Berlin.