Share Video for New Single ‘Your Worst Desires’
Released 12th December on Rare Cut Records
The Japan Times
Give Elleh a listen and realize you’re not as alone as you think.
The music is so imaginative and powerful that you don’t have to actively visualize.
ELLEH washes us with the ethereal disco ball lights
while also soaking us with the solitary echoes
Tokyo duo ELLEH create dance-pop for the downtrodden. They make music for the waking moments of the day, that stretch of time before trains start up and when it is still possible to find escape from personal woe in a club…or at least try. Their latest single “Your Worst Desires” on Rare Cut Records offers up a snapshot of what they do so well, setting lyrics about a deteriorating bond against hoppy floor-eyeing sounds.
The single zooms in on a corrupted relationship between two people. It’s parts aggravated and part exhausted, offering a glimpse into a coupling souring in real time, and the melancholy drifting over the whole situation. The music bounces along, but it reveals ripples hinting at the unease within.
The single is accompanied by a stunning video directed by Kris Cerneka. The film blends real-world footage with animation, served by the young inspired Dutch artist Caroline Kjellberg, with the choreography and cartoon flourishes mimicking the song’s lyrics. It’s inspired in part by a dream-like dystopian universe with a little of A-ha’s famous “Take On Me” video mixed in. The single’s artwork comes courtesy of Tokyo-based illustrator Haruka Ohno. She says that, by illustrating the endless loops of opening doors, she hoped to express how humans repeat the same thing to get out of bad situations — a fitting image for the track.
Your Worst Desires” is taken from ELLEH’s “Anthems Part. 3” released 13.04.18.
1. Your Worst Desires
Photography by Keiichi Sakakura
ELLEH is made up of Satoru Teshima (founder of the Japan-based music blog Lights + Music) and Bob Willey (part of the band Ice Cream Shout and behind the project Cloudy Busey, both of which have received attention from music publications such as Stadiums And Shrines and Altered Zones), who have been producing songs together since 2012. ELLEH solidified in 2016 around the concept of “sad boy disco,” a mental zone one would typically find themselves at 4 am. You’d be tired, a little drunk and prone to reflecting on the mistakes and failed relationships of recent times. But despite all this, you still want to dance, and this is the music that pulls you in.
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