NEW MUSIC: PUMA BLUE - AS-IS
20 Sep 2018
Puma Blue shares a teaser of hissecond EP with an animated video for the new track ‘as-is'.
Few artists possess the ability to convey loss and heartbreak with music built for late night contemplation quite like Puma Blue. It’s something that’s permeated through all of his work so far, from the desolation of his debut track ‘Want Me’ to the looped grooves of his previous release ‘Moon Undah Water’.
Now Puma Blue shares a teaser of his eagerly anticipated second EP with an animated video for the new track ‘as-is'. The track finds Puma Blue’s lyrics taking on a Southern Gothic quality, and their power is heightened by the minimalist instrumentation that underpins his words. ‘as-is’ is out now on Blue Flowers (Nilufar Yana, Westerman, Gotts Street Park.)
Directed by Alice Bloomfield, the video depicts its main character taking a nocturnal stroll through a city that’s submerged under water - a metaphor for feeling alone and being haunted by a broken relationship. From the neon signs that hang garishly over the city’s streets to the aquatic jazz band that echo Captain Beefheart’s ‘Trout Mask Replica’, the film mixes the everyday with a touch of the surreal to capture the emotion behind the song.
TIP: Puma Blue play at Scala on October 23. Tickets available HERE.
WHAT THEY SAY:
“Puma Blue’s dusky pop sounds like something snatched from within the furthest reaches of his mind.” – Noisey
“Combining J Dilla grooves with laconic vocals…it's dark and sexy, the sound of London on those nights when everything feels a certain shade of puma blue.” – i-D
“Hazy, late-night vibes filter through Puma’s production, matched by the tenderness of his vocals as he seeks comfort in his isolation.” – THE FADER