Quartz Pistol, the project lead by Abbey Howlett, has unravelled into the music scene with their debut single ‘Man’, and have offered an equally searing video to accompany it.
Flowing with the slow-burning alt-R&B stylings of FKA twigs or Kaiit, ‘Man’ is a song that feels incredibly vulnerable and devastating, but concrete and unwavering in its conviction.
“Like a coming of age film, the tune takes you through my negative internal dialogue and crippling anxiety as a recently heartbroken woman, angry at herself and entering her Saturn return,” Howlett said in a press statement.
“Writing ‘Man’ helped me realise I was actually angry with the effect the system was having on me; that I had allowed its values to override my own.”
The video, shot 90s VHS style, is an intimate and raw affair that was created in collaboration with Athina Wilson, culminating in a cathartic and subversive ending.
“I wanted to capture the funny side of how tragic I had felt during that time,” Howlett said.
“Crying in the bath, drinking too much wine and how I overcame those feels with my Super Babe Squad by my side. The power play at the end, between the male character and the group of tough women taunting him, flips the stereotypical narrative. Yes, It’s cliche. But it’s an ever present symbol of challenging our social conditioning. Everybody that worked on this video is a powerful, independent artist in their own right.”
Watch the video for ‘Man’ below.