Frontman of Nottingham punk band Kagoule, Cai Burns, now known as Blood Wizard, today releases new track ‘Fruit’, taken from his upcoming debut album Western Spaghetti out 5th March 2021 via Moshi Moshi Records.
‘Fruit’ personifies the secret resent you have for the people around you who are seemingly doing better than you. “Hooray to the big news, got my mouth around the spoilt fruit” sighs Burns with a satirical air to it. A trademark wryness permeates his singing, but never at the expense of his brutal honesty.
Cai says about the track: “Fruit is a sarcastic “hooray to the big news” to everyone around you that all the good things seem to be happening to. It’s about trying to keep it sweet on the surface and hiding the bitterness inside”.
The track also further demonstrates Cai’s songwriting prowess, which is found in abundance on debut album Western Spaghetti. Filled with crisp hooks and quick-witted storytelling, it is an album that has a predominant folk undertone that also expertedly navigates 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 song writing abilities of Nottingham-based musician Cai Burns. Since then, Blood Wizard has released ‘Breaking Even’, which saw support from DIY.
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.