Kirkis, Melbourne-based musician and self-described "art school dropout," recorded his first full-length LP last winter in Seven Sisters, London, while working as a guitarist for Floating Points's latest album. The record is called Vide, which is French for "empty," and it's out October 3.
Kirkis has a dark, weirdo energy that's reminiscent of Gary Numan and Robin Crutchfield and Jay Reatard in his no-wave phase. To announce the album, Kirkis is sharing a grainy video for "Finally," its broody, morose-sounding first single, which has a gripping coldwave beat. The video, which is based around the 1990 Strangeways prison riot in Manchester, makes the song even eerier: head buzzed but for a shag in the back, Kirkis rolls around a living room while a large pony-tailed man and a redheaded woman attempt to stop him from singing. Spoiler alert: they don't.
"The video for 'Finally' was originally conceived after initially becoming interested in the idea of a psychodrama musical," Kirkis wrote to The FADER via email. "What was aimed to be just a film clip turned into a 30-minute performance exposing the dark side of the human cell." Watch below.