WL//WH Video Premiere: Ride through the “Empty Landscapes” of Modern Dystopia with LETTEN 94

WL//WH Premiere  LETTEN 94

Zurich, 1994. Along the banks of the Limmat river, on the railway tracks of the disused Letten station, the largest open drugs scene in Europe is in its last year. Federal Councillor Ruth Dreifuss visits the site and meets addicts who lie on the ground, injecting themselves with heroin. From the Kornhausbrücke, the view looks like a dystopian landscape.

Comprising Dolorès and Freddy Van Ballast, LETTEN 94 is a Swiss coldwave duo that takes this mental image of Letten, and more widely of Europe in the aftermath of the fall of the Berlin Wall, as a starting point to try to create electronic music which is sometimes aggressive and syncopated, sometimes dark and mysterious.

The band is going to drop the new single, “Empty Landscapes”, on July 23rd, 2021 via COLD TRANSMISSION MUSIC, previewed by a captivating music video, directed by Normotone, WL//WH is pleased to premiere.

Subliminally immersive and dangerously alluring, “Empty Landscapes” is driven by bleak bouncing and throbbing bassline along with stark, lashing beats relentlessly penetrating the droning dank, dream-like mist stabbed by piercing, heart-wrenching guitar gleams, ominous resonant baritone strains and icy sweeps of evocative winding, glaring synths, to painfully reverberate with poignant intensity around powerful and bewitching female vocals, that ebb and flow betwixt cold, detached exhalations and passionate, aching longings of agony and ecstasy, whilst descending breathlessly into the soft distant echo of male whisperings, to reveal an abandon train stop where fantasies are fulfilled.

Cinematic visuals build tension and intrigue around an inter-dimensional romantic interlude. A fragmented storyline dissects a mysterious couples physical connection with split-screen segments drawing isolation from both a barren, panoramic countryside and a dim-lit noir-ish lounge setting. Raindrops blur alternate dream states merging, fantasy and reality behind smoky rooms, hypnotic imagery, unfocused lens frames, and suggestive reflections to form a magnetic perception of disassociation. Shadows ebb and flow under swaying light angles to capture hints of doubt from the intense solo eye contact leading into a strange metaphysical reunion, left wandering in the hidden sands of lost time.

Letten 94‘s new single, “Empty Landscapes”, is slated for release on July 23rd, 2021 via COLD TRANSMISSION MUSIC,

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