Russian electronic duo, VEiiLA having released their melancholic and reserved debut album The Nation Of One earlier this year, are keen to break your last hope, if you still had one, with their new ambient version of the opening album song Dust.
The live video takes place at the balcony on the high floor of the apartment building with a view of what appears to be a working class ghetto with faceless post-soviet architecture stretching to the horizon under heavy low clouds so typical for Saint-Petersburg. The song has been transformed accordingly to suit this bleak picture: layers of synths and drums have been replaced with washed out piano, while vulnerable soft singing blends with wailing of wind from the window.
“What have become of me, what have become of us? We’re breathing dust, like nothing else is left for us” – those lines, written long before the world sank into today’s apocalyptic dwelling, sound inappropriately appropriate, given how many people have been imprisoned in their homes with no relief in the present and no prospects for future.
Does the song answer any questions? Not at all: as with most VEiiLA’s work listeners are not invited to join the conversation but simply to observe and feel.
The Nation Of One very limited edition CD is available at Wormhole World here.
All words by Paul Scott-Bates. More of Paul’s writing on Louder Than War can be found at his author’s archive. Paul’s website is hiapop and you can follow him on Twitter as @hiapop, and on Facebook here.