south london artist mellah has released a smart new single along with a video shot in his own home during lockdown. filled with colourful guitar licks and patterns that culminate in a slightly more sophisticated, melancholy sound, 'habit' explores the individual conflicts we endure by falling into painful patterns.
"funnily enough, 'habit' is about habits. falling into the same, often harmful, cycles and vices despite knowing that the outcome will be no different from before." mellah says. "'habit's such a pain, pain is such a bore'. einstein, of all people, said, 'the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results'".
the song's accompanying video showcases several mellahs going about their day and intentionally inflicting pain upon themselves and each other. it's both freaky and fun, and equally difficult to watch and difficult to turn away from. check it out:
about the video, mellah says "it's a sensationalist way of characterising those parts of myself that blindly walk head first into the same detrimental cycles, and me at the centre of it all seemingly having little control over any of them. all within the confines of covid 19."
"habits breed internal conflict, instinctively knowing what is good for you but still doing the opposite. the song is about that conflict and trying to find the courage and insight to not fear change."
mellah will headline london's scala on 11 February 2021.