Frontman of Nottingham punk band Kagoule, Cai Burns, now known as Blood Wizard, releases new single ‘Carcrash’. It is the third track taken from his upcoming debut album, Western Spaghetti, out 5th March 2021 via Moshi Moshi Records.
‘Carcrash’ is an atypical love song, detailing how love can manifest itself in peculiar ways. Through Cai’s witty lyricism, he explains how the things you might dislike about yourself are what someone might find the most appealing about you. The accompanying sepia-toned music video, shot in rural Tenerife pre-Covid, sees Cai dancing and posing around a banana field, further showcasing the free nature of both the musical and visual aesthetic of Blood Wizard.
Cai says about the track: “The song was inspired by small arguments over long car journeys, and the many other weird ways in which love can express itself. If you’re feeling like a car crash one day, annoying as it might be, it’s quite comforting to have somebody there to back-seat drive”
Filled with crisp hooks and quick-witted storytelling, Blood Wizard’s debut album ‘Western Spaghetti’ is an album that has a predominant folk undertone, whilst also expertedly navigating through various textures and dark melodies. There’s an atypicality to the songs’ structures, a tightening and loosening – like breathing – between harder-edged sounds and more softly acoustic wanderings.
‘Western Spaghetti’ Tracklist:
One Smile Too Many
Bob’s Big Arms
Somehow I Knew
About Blood Wizard
Straddling a divide between spacious rural folk and urban post-punk claustrophobia, Blood Wizard’s debut single Car Crash, released late 2019, was a prelude to what is shaping up to be a true blossoming of the songwriting abilities of Nottingham-based musician Cai Burns. Since then, Blood Wizard has released ‘Breaking Even’ and ‘Fruit’, which saw support from DIY, So Young and The Independent.
Although also a member of Nottingham’s punk trio Kagoule (Alcopop! / Earache Records), Blood Wizard arrives with no fixed direction – instead it offers a platform for Burns to explore himself as an artist beyond boundaries and pre-conceptions. It’s a project that’s bubbled up from within, always there in his writing for other projects but now emerging fully formed in its own entity.