WL//WH Video Of The Day: SILENT STAR “The Cold Now” feat. NIKKI NEVVER (Official Video)

Video Of The Day  SILENT STAR feat. Nikki Nevver

London-based Synth-Pop / Cold Wave duo of Patrick Barrett and Andrew Bowker, a.k.a. Silent Star, team up with Canadian kindred spirit singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer Nikki Nevver of the band Terror Bird, for a majestic synth-laced vocal duet in the band’s third single, “The Cold Now”, via Young & Cold Records, accompanied by a DIY Official Video.

The release, out now, features remixes by Antipole associate Paris Alexander, who has remixed Hante and She Past Away, and by Young & Cold, the producers of Sixth June and Rosegarden Funeral Party.

The song is about retribution, division and dismay, which was a shock to me because when I wrote it it was actually about drugs. But sometimes these things are out of your control, songs develop a life of their own and you just have to respect that. I’m not sure where the references to Stalin and Eamon De Valera came from, but they really make the song work. Patrick from Silent Star says

Musically, the leitmotif lead synth was written on piano using the technique that Chopin mastered in his Études – it’s the essence of the romance pianists. Alas, I stuck a thunderous bass line on there and crashing drums, so you can’t actually hear any of the piano nor the synth, but I think it does Poland proud, regardless.

Dramatic, vibrant, and painfully emotional, “The Cold Now” layers swirling haunting synth swathes with menacing undulating bass lines and crackling hypnotic drum beats, to overwhelm an evocative male-female interplay, blending distressed longing with melancholic angst and ominous baritone echoes, into relentless spirals of fear and tragedy.

Symbolic black and white DIY visuals, in collaboration with Anja Perlmuth, set an edgy black-clad performance by Silent Star and Nicki Nevver against the imposing Brutalist urban architecture backdrop of London‘s Barbican Estate, whilst skewed camera angles and the thoughtful use of lights and shadows hone in on the senseless sacrifice of war sentiment brought forth in the lyrics.

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