Slowly Slowly frontman Ben Stewart has revealed the next installment of his solo project Congrats, with a new single titled "Russian Roulette", produced by ARIA Award nominee Konstantin Kersting (Mallrat, Tones & I, Jungle Giants). The single serves as the first taste of a larger body of work, set for release later this year. Inspired by the likes of The 1975, Joji and Post Malone, Congrats is an addictive foray into the pop world for Stewart, proving that he is a natural solo artist ready for the spotlight.
Stewart's instantly recognisable and charismatic voice is at the forefront of "Russian Roulette", floating effortlessly above trap beats and surrounded by sleek production. "Russian Roulette" is passionate and sincere, but also self-aware and slightly restrained.
"'Russian Roulette' is about running at self destruction while being dragged back by the collar of conscience. Every time I think I have figured myself out, I get thrown a curveball," said Stewart. "Sonically, we wanted to capture the energy of a bender, but with a celebratory element. I wrote the lyric, 'tell me what it means to be good' & the rest flowed from there. The concept of playing Russian Roulette just tied it together perfectly. I wanted the performance to feel on edge."
The music video for "Russian Roulette", directed by Kyle Caulfield, reflects this darkness through a vintage, Quentin Tarantino-esque aesthetic.
"The video was heaps of fun and projected the exact mood I wanted for the song. I wanted it to be dark and brooding… I wanted it to feel dangerous," said Stewart.