Kacia’s ‘Plastic Straws’: A poignant journey from youth to adulthood

"This song particularly focuses on what it means to leave home, written just as I was about to move to Uni"
20 September 2023

Within the world of music, there exist artists endowed with the remarkable talent to encapsulate life’s nuanced transitions and intricacies through their songs. Kacia, an exciting new artist in the indie music sphere, is undoubtedly in this exceptional category.

Kacia releases his latest single, Plastic Straws, via Salt House Records. This musical gem, a collaborative effort with longtime friend and artist Luke Adams, also known as St Luna, is further enhanced by the additional production magic of Matt Fisher at Cave Studios

Plastic Straws follows in the triumphant footsteps of Kacia’s previous hit, Night Out, and stands as the third entrancing chapter from his highly anticipated debut album, slated for a grand unveiling in 2024. And that’s not all – alongside the single comes an emotionally charged music video that continues the captivating narrative initiated in his previous releases.

Plastic Straws is a sonic journey that delves deep into Kacia’s personal odyssey towards adulthood, offering listeners a poignant reflection on the pivotal changes occurring in his life. 

The song serves as a vivid recollection of his childhood, set against the uncertain path that lies ahead. It aims to transport listeners into a dreamlike experience, encapsulating the essence of youthful innocence and highlighting the significance of friendship and the universal experiences that young adults encounter. This introspective theme of growth and change is beautifully articulated by Kacia himself as he reflects on his impending move to university and the closing chapter in his life.

In Kacia’s own words: “This song particularly focuses on what it means to leave home, written just as I was about to move to Uni, it was me thinking about how I’m no longer a child, and how everything changes from this point on. It was me coming to terms with the fact my friends and family no longer all live in one place, and possibly never will again. It’s recognition of a chapter closing in my life.”

The music video accompanying Plastic Straws takes us further into Kacia’s world, as it unfolds in his childhood home and features some of his closest friends. This masterfully crafted visual narrative explores the complexities of transitioning from adolescence to adulthood. Co-conceptualized with longtime collaborator Tom Knibbs, the video depicts a college friendship group receiving their university acceptance letters. The plot thickens when Kacia doesn’t get accepted to the same university as the rest of his friends, including his girlfriend, raising questions about the future of their relationships.

Kacia elaborates on the video’s concept, stating, “I think it captures exactly what the song​’s about, it’s showing moving on to new things, a sort of optimism for what’s to come, but also what might be lost by moving away. This video poses the question as to whether or not the relationships will last from this point forward.”

Plastic Straws serves as a poignant reminder of the power of music to mirror our lives’ most profound moments. It’s a journey we’re all excited to embark on with Kacia.