Melbourne-based DIY post-punk artist KAICULT has dropped his latest single, Cigarette Burns, produced by the artist himself and mixed by Ashwin Rao from the Singaporean Garage Rock band Knightingale.
The frantic punk rock track opens with uncompromising drums, fierce guitars and KAI CULT’s striking lead vocals. Intense melodies mix with deftly produced instrumentation to build to the song’s anthemic, gung-ho choruses, before careering towards its wholly satisfying ending.
Speaking of the release, the musician shares: “The track reflects on mixed feelings while going through tough times, sometimes it may seem like things are okay but deep down they may not be. I set out to capture the mental extremes of what society is undergoing currently in the pandemic.”
The release is accompanied by a visual, directed by and edited by the artist himself and shot by friend Sam Van Munnen. Filmed at various locations across Melbourne, the visual takes inspiration from alternative rap artists Death Grips, Yung Lean and Clams Casino, the video features hazy film grain, VHS layers, and bold RBG colour inverts.
Cigarette Burns is out now! Watch the music video below.