For those who’ve not heard of LA-via-Sydney duo VOWWS before, then, boy, is your day about to get better. The darkwave band recently released their sophomore LP, Under the World, which confronts themes of isolation. They wanted to do more than just sing about it, though, so they headed up to Bombay Beach and the Salton Sea, which has historical significance as a ghost town; says the band, “It was all pretty surreal.” While there, they recorded what eventually came to be the clip for “Structure of Love,” which you can watch exclusively below.
If you were already familiar with VOWWS, it should come as no surprise that this excursion was far more than a simple photoshoot. The pair filmed while on shrooms and stitched together the footage later into what they describe as “a psychedelic desert nightmare.” It opens with Rizz in a greyscale desert, with the images itself skipping along with the kick drum. The colors bleed at every chorus, subverting the idea that color would make the images more friendly; it’s more unsettling, especially when coupled with Matt’s eerie blank stare. It is an apt representation, as the song itself is centered on dark experiences. Read the full quote from the band below.
You will have several opportunities to see VOWWS in the coming months. They are performing at The Lash on June 15 and at Resident on July 27th. Rizz will also be DJing at Lethal Amounts Gallery on May 31st. Follow the links for more info.