Canadian indie rockers Softcult have shared a video for their new single, “Perfect Blue”, premiering on Indie88.
The title comes from their forthcoming EP, year of the snake. Softcult, made up of twin sisters Mercedes and Phoenix Arn-Horn, sings about feeling out of control on the new track. With powerful harmonies and dark melodies, this track is all about wanting to control your own creative expression.
“We wrote ‘Perfect Blue’ at a time in our lives when it felt like nothing was in our control,” says Mercedes Arn-Horn. “In our previous project, we were signed to a label that hurt us creatively and didn’t allow us to express ourselves authentically. They weren’t interested in the music we were creating at the time, so we became unhealthily obsessed with trying to please them into releasing anything.
Watch the video for “Perfect Blue” below.
“It felt like we were playing a role to survive,” Phoenix Arn-Horn adds. “We didn’t feel like our art represented us. There were a lot of things we wanted to say, but it was muffled. We felt like we had lost our integrity. The song is a reminder to hold yourself accountable by standing up for what you believe in, or risk losing yourself completely.
About the new Softcult video:
The accompanying video shows Softcult performing in front of blue lighting. It’s intercut with visuals of someone shedding their skin, making for a really poignant clip.
“I wanted the viewer to feel like they’re stepping into the mind of someone watching themselves transform, powerless to stop their metamorphosis,” Mercedes says of the video. “I clearly remember times in my life when I felt pressure to become a version of myself that others wanted me to be, but that version wasn’t authentic to who I was. I I felt like I was losing my integrity and sense of myself. I looked in the mirror and was disgusted with what I saw, unattached to who I had become. There is a vibe of health anxiety, dysphoria, dissociation, a little element of horror in there that I wanted to capture with the visuals. The skin peeling scenes are meant to elicit those feelings, like a snake losing its skin.
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