WL//WH Video Premiere: OLIVER DECROW Battles the Shadows When “I Close My Eyes”


Currently focused on developing in Dresden his modern mesmerizing brand of dancefloor-leaned Darkwave, as well as collaborating with Modern Dada on the band project Klassenfeind, and contributing as a producer for the band The Node, Eastern Germany‘s musician and synth bass devotee Oliver Decrow is fresh from releasing last July’s single “I Close My Eyes”, the first under the cozy roof of COLD TRANSMISSION MUSIC.

WL//WH is very happy to Premiere the DIY Official Video for  “I Close My Eyes”, a psychological ‘short film noir’ written and directed by Oliver DeCrow himself.

“I Close My Eyes” is a song about how “We all assume various roles, whether in our personal lives, professions or during the creative process. These diverse personalities exist within us and engage in an inner battle daily. However, the wheel of life keeps turning relentlessly, and day by day, we move forward until the turning point is reached. At this juncture, we stand face to face with ourselves and must make a decision.”

The protagonist, trapped within the system for the sake of survival, is constantly searching and wandering alone through the streets at night. Yet, with each passing day, the desire to break free and choose a side – a different life model that aligns more with his nature – grows stronger.

Gray, dramatic melancholia pervaded the mechanical driving rhythmic bounce, relentlessly thrust through slashing snares, crisp striking percussions, along with undulating and rumbling murky low-ends, penetrated by dim alarming icy bright synth strains, around conflicted emotional vocals, aching and yearning with resonant alienating desperation from ruthless strobing frequencies of isolation and pain.

In the video, Oliver Decrow portrays himself, illustrating the inner conflict he experiences between two worlds, a struggle that is also conveyed in the song’s lyrics. Internally, he might feel like crying, but externally, he maintains his facade.

Ominous black and white visuals by Oliver DeCrow himself immerse the viewer in a psychological thriller to sync seamlessly with the heady shadows of the soundtrack. A shaded, black hoodie-clad figure walks hauntingly through a surreal nighttime urban terrain whilst flashbacks to the previous workday suggest dueling personalities are at play. Thought-provoking suggestions, a beautiful cathedral backdrop, and elements of danger and violence evoke feelings of dread, guilt, and obsession amid a shocking ending, dripping in subconscious struggle.

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