The Rest is the third single released from Ben Mastwyk’s forthcoming album. The song urges the listener to focus on the vitally important aspects of life and hold loved ones close.
“I think I had some residual trauma built up inside me,” says Ben. “This song was written quite subconsciously. It’s a message to myself, from myself, but it’s also about the trauma in the world right now. People are hurting all over. And we know the answer, I think we’ve always known the answer: love,” he explains. “I like to write on the move, trains, planes, walking around. This one hit me like a flash while I was riding through the streets of Melbourne. It’s like something cracked open in my mind and I could see it. By the time I got home it was all there.”
As the world moved into various stages of lockdown due the pandemic, the notion of The Rest inherited a new meaning. As daily activities came to a standstill, people around the world were forced into quietness and isolation, taking a collective rest. “There’s an apocalyptic overtone to this song which became amplified against the backdrop of the pandemic,” Ben says.