It’s Halloween and the ghouls and goblins have hit the streets. From children dressed as the living dead to haunted houses bedecked in cobwebs and flames, there are plenty of frights to be had. But perhaps the best spooks come from Candy, the new five-track EP from Loïc Nottet.
The culmination of years of planning, Candy may be Loïc’s darkest project ever. It’s brought to life by a Halloween-themed short film that’s driven by his tracks, which run the gamut from over-the-top cabaret to darker art-pop. Running for 21 minutes, it follows a mad clown as he seeks revenge against an evil witch. You know it’s going to be dark from the moment he utters his first sinister words: “She deserves it.”
Apparently this witch did some rather dirty deeds to Loïc, who portrays a Joker-like figure with aplomb — all smeared make-up and crazy eyes. “I remember being left in a cage,” he says. “Waiting for the witch.” He later sings of making her pay, of “eating juicy meat” and more.
As the film progresses he gathers friends — equally outré and bewildering — and they head to the witch’s gingerbread palace. It’s covered in delectable cream — our hero even has a lick before entering her dark layer which is as devilish as you’d expect. When revenge comes will it be sweet? And what does the victor actually win? You’ll have to watch to find out.
Loïc is over-the-dark-moon about it all.
“I’m really proud to present to you my new short film Candy,” he wrote on Instagram. “I want to thank all the people who contributed to this project that is so particularly important to me! I hope you’ll like it as much as I do!”
“All the teams have worked so hard to make this short-film come to life!! Making this project was a dream come true that I never thought would be possible! Thanks to you guys and my team Halloween will never be the same for me!”
“This story is now yours and I hope you will love it as much as we do! A massive Thank you for believing in my crazy ideas! And one last time HAPPY HALLOWEEN”
For those of you who want to keep Candy close to your heart, you can visit Loïc’s online shop where he’s selling a unisex hoodie and t-shirt.
The front features the provocative Halloween artwork from the EP, while the reverse includes these eerie lyrics.
Eat my house
Gingerbread and spice
Follow my delicious sweets
and you will find
Dry your tears and
eat your way to my Candyland
00:00: Candy House
04:12: Candy Maker
06:20: Witch Possession
07:40: Candy Land
What do you think of the EP and short film? Did you watch all 21 minutes? What’s your favourite scene? Let us know in the comments box below.