WL//WH Video Of The Day: KLASSENFEIND “Ich Lieb Dich Nicht / I Do Not Love You”


“Neue Dresdner Welle” from East Germany with the automated sophomore single, “Ich Lieb Dich Nicht” (“I Don’t Love You”), from the elusive minimal electronic act Klassenfeind, via local independent imprint G50 Records, a sublabel of Rotten Melodie, accompanied by an immersive DIY music video edited by Klassenfeind himself.

After a debut, “Autofahren”, that explored synth-laden minimal wave territories, the second, “Ich Lieb Dich Nicht”, combines the dancing mechanized pulsations of sequencers, drum machines, and synthesizers with driving punk energy, harking back to the EBM / New Beat and Electro-Punk sound of bands such as DAF, Nitzer Ebb, and Front 242.

Droning wavelengths expand unseen horizons to blend with an ominous punchy DAF-esque bass line and mechanical, industrial-tinged crunchy beats to sputter, clank, and pound, driving rhythms around robotic, German male vocals exhaustive release of heady angst into the low sinister synth stabs surge of disruptive frequencies.

A hypnotic flow of black and white imagery from the East German city of Dresden propels harsh footsteps down the downtrodden tracks of post-modern dystopian bliss. Cloudy skies cast shades of grey over a forward march through time to decay a metropolis, where shadows and bandmates dance in tandem with the automated breaks of the soundtrack. Urban textures weave lost hopes and subconscious desires around a gritty chain-link fence as brick walls and mirrored tile windows encapsulate an intoxicating momentum of powerful locomotives, herd mentality, and romantic vestiges with a sentimental surge of shattered dreams.

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