The feathers wilt away
My shadow cuts my wings
I’m falling to my knees
My shadow pulls my strings
Danish darkwave artist St. Digue (a.k.a. Kasper Deichmann) debuts the video for “Shadow” from his upcoming album “Toxic Kiss” to be released May 12th via Midnat Records.
“Shadow” is a work of art that is as dark as it is soul-crushing, unnerving as it is lush. The ethereal synthesizers weave a web of intrigue, while hard-hitting drum machines and harsh industrial electronic soundscapes keep the heart pounding. It’s a journey through desolation and armageddon, with soaring, melancholic melodies that cut straight to the bone.
“Shadow is a song about the struggle of hiding the sides of oneself that others are quick to dismiss you for because it doesn’t fit their image of how they want you to be,” Deichmann muses. “The things you are born with, the traumas you have faced. Aspects about yourself you simply cannot change. The lyrics tab into how exhausting it is, to forcefully tether your true self day after day, and the fear of letting that true self show by accident. No one can notice the mask flaking or you’ll lose your role.”
Drawing inspiration from the likes of 80s gothic synth-pop, underground EBM, post-punk, and even his own black metal roots, St. Digue has crafted a track that is utterly unique and unmistakably his own. Shadow is a showpiece of sonic experimentation. Sophie Lien Lake (Pleaser, Konvent) makes an appearance on Shadow, her guitar riff hauntingly beautiful.
In the single’s hypnotic, hard-hitting DIY video (co-directed by Sophie Lien Lake), St. Digue is seen stumbling and crawling through a pitch-black room, his anguished cries cutting through the air like a razor blade. The melancholic melody of the track echoes through the dimly lit space, as flashes of VHS static and fluorescent colours add to the visual cacophony. Amidst the chaos lies a thread of live footage, shot by fans in places as far-flung as Tallinn, Sarajevo, and Deichmann’s own native Copenhagen.
Deichmann began making music under the ‘St. Digue’ name in 2020, while he was the guitarist in the black metal band Sunken, and has in less than three years played shows across Scandinavia, Germany, The Baltics and The Balkans, as well as released two EPs and the debut album “Everything Hits At Once” which put him on the map in the danish underground music scene.
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