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New Video: Cigar Cigarette’s Hazy and Feverish “Guilty Pleasures”

Chris McLaughin is a producer, sound engineer and multi-instrumentalist, who can boast over a decade of production work with a wide-ranging array of artists from Kanye West, Bon Iver, The Strokes‘ Fabrizio Moretti, machinegum, and a recent Neon Indian remix.

McLaughin steps out into the limelight as an artist with his solo recording project Cigar Cigarette. McLaughlin’s Cigar Cigarette forthcoming full-length debut Cigar Cigar Cigar Cigarette is an industrial-leaning soundscape guided by anxious, apocalyptic mystique — and McLaughlin’s wide-spanning ear and expansive vision.

Cigar Cigar Cigar Cigarette‘s latest single “Guilty Pleasures” is a woozy and feverish haze of buzzing and oscillating electronics, skittering boom bap, industrial clang and clatter, glistening synths and shoegazey guitars paired with McLaughlin’s achingly plaintive and processed vocals and an enormous hook. While recalling a slick synthesis of Uncanny Valley era Midnight Juggernauts and POND, “Guilty Pleasures” as McLaughlin explains “is a song that takes place in an early period of the Internet, and is built using sounds and memories from each of the last four decades. It’s about two people meeting on a road in the woods and exchanging briefcases which contain their own internal organs.

“I thought it would be funny to begin a song with the beat from the 80’s hit ‘Come On Eileen‘, making hi hats from voices and chords from vocoder. Ultimately, it ascends into a wash of shoe-gaze guitars and heavy modular synths as the characters in the song take turns swallowing their own lungs.

“As an engineer I love the process of recording sounds; but as a producer and musician I’m more interested in resampling those sounds and creating a collage with them, rather than just letting the performances sit,” McLaughin adds. “I blended the vocoder and natural vocals for the same reason: I want the song to evoke the same cold unease of the uncanny valley, to feel like something a slightly imperfect copy of a human would make.”

Directed by frequently collaborator, MOTHERMARY‘s Elyse Winn and shot by Michael Pessah is a surreal and disorientating visual that follows McLaughin as he drives a badass car through time and space as he sings along with the song. “We wanted to use the ‘poor man’s process’ technique of projecting a video behind a stationary vehicle to make it appear like it’s moving. Using these sorts of ‘movie magic’ practical effects from another time period can create a much more surreal and disorienting world,” says McLaughlin.

New Video: Cigar Cigarette Releases a Seething Commentary on Late-Stage Capitalism and Social Media

Chris McLaughlin is a singer/songwriter, producer, sound engineer, multi-instrumentalist, who has worked with Kanye West, Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon and Fabrizio Moretti’s machinegum collective. McLaughlin is also the creative mastermind behind the solo recording project Cigar Cigarette.

Cigar Cigarette’s debut EP, Cigar Cigar Cigar Cigarette is slated for release at the end of this year, and the the EP’s material is an industrial-tinged soundscape seething with the anxiety and urgency of our age and guided by McLaughlin’s wide-spanning ear and expansive vision.

Cigar Cigar Cigar Cigarette EP’s latest single, the swaggering “Video Age” icentered around an expansive song structure featuring boom bap-like drumming, reverb-drenched horn samples, buzzing and distorted synth arpeggios, distorted, acid dipped guitars, handclaps and squiggling electronics paired with McLaughlin’s seemingly disaffected delivery. Sonically, the song sounds like an apocalyptic synthesis of Midnight Juggernaut, Beck, and Tobacco but while being a dystopian love song about how much we should loathe late stage capitalism and social media — and how much our reality is distorted by both.

“Whether we all merge with machines in the future or end up destroying the planet and fighting with sticks and stones, I imagine people looking back at this time as the era of the screen,” Chris McLaughlin says about his latest single and video. “‘Video Age’ is about surveying our current period from the next one and recognizing how our reality became fuzzy, distorted and warped. I wrote ‘Video Age’ a long time ago, but it’s surprising because now many of us find ourselves truly living most of our lives via video. We’ve moved into the hazy and distorted world of video conference weddings and funerals.

Directed by Elyse Winn and Kelli Mcguire, the recently released video for “Video Age” encapsulates the song’s overall theme through the use of screens upon screens upon screens. And every screen serves as way to place viewer and subject at a distance, while distorting our sense of reality. What’s real? Who knows?