“With our last single, ‘Bullet’ we just wanted to get everything out of us, says Elin Berlin, one half of the Swedish duo Eternal Death with Johan Angergård. That track was a scintillating, often jarring aural assault, with Berlin’s vocals hovering over scythe-sharp synths. “[We wanted to] convey all the emotions, anger, desperation. Get down to the core of Eternal Death.”
With their new, first U.S. single “Fade”, out September 30th on Labrador Records, things were different, she says. “The deafening noises have subsided; the dark clouds have eased and settled like a heavy fog.”
What she calls the “mysterious, anxious feel” from their previous material is still there, but it’s less aggressive, “more burdensome and subtle.”
“It is a song that gropes in darkness and burst into the light, like haze in a dim forest. A given soundtrack for a cold winters day.”
There’s a contrast between the synth tom rhythms and the beguiling vocals that throws the listener off balance — it’s got the trappings of what we might normally consider a fun, or playful, 80s-indebted synth pop song, but it’s really staring into the darkness.
Photo by Henrik Halvarsson