Established in the early ’80s, Mechelen-based, Belgian Dark Electro-Wave musician, composer and visual artist Eric Vandamme, under his alter ego Enzo Kreft, returns in the new year, following early 2021‘s LP, “Different World”, announcing his forthcoming 8th album, “Shelter”, along with a heady DIY video for the first dystopian single, “Duck and Cover.”
“Duck and Cover” draws inspiration from the eponymous 1952 civil defence animated live-action social guidance film by Anthony Rizzo, which used cartoon drawings and rhyming lyrics, similar to Dr. Seuss, to teach citizens how to survive a nuclear bomb explosion.
Alarming apocalyptic vibes layer bouncy buzzing bass distortions, hypnotic rolling twinkling synth melodies laced with foreboding wailing swirls, and stacked mechanical marching beats into a modern catastrophic thought-form under the compelling weight of atmospheric vocals shifting betwixt menacing obsession, helpless angst, and eerie spatial echoes to invoke the anger-driven madness of a tyrannical doom.
The provocative video takes the form of a mock public service announcement to channel the toxic moods of the Cold War. Words glitch in tandem with the impending doom textures of the soundtrack as Spectacular imagery from the 1950s induces paranoia and fear. “Duck and Cover” cartoon clips transition with retro school drills and Enzo Kreft’s dramatic performance, whilst recognizable world leaders dance in carefree abandon, to bring forth the End of Times.
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