From the underbelly of glitzy, glammy Los Angeles, Scimitar unveils itself—a tantalizing darkwave trio with an inclination towards the mysterious. Drawing inspiration from the rawness and heritage of death rock’s primal roots and marrying it with the polished flair of contemporary synth-pop and post-industrial vibes, they craft a motley of emotions and tones. With their intricate arrangements and vigorous stage presence, they’re a sight, and sound, to behold.
Today, the ensemble unfurls its latest offering: a brooding dark disco Spanish language single paired with a visual treat: “Vacíos.”
“Vacíos,” the Spanish term for “void,” delves into the poignant realization that life’s myriad indulgences can leave one feeling rather hollow, yearning for a deeper, spiritual satiation. It mourns the fleeting thrills of youth, bidding adieu to joys that bear price tags, heralding an era where solace is sought in spiritual rigour. The chanting melodies echo faint whispers of The Knife and Conjunto Primitivos, with hints of Soltera and Pelada dancing in the undertones.
The video set, directed by the band and edited by Jesticular Cancer, was inspired by the counterculture of the No Wave movement, particularly the 1984 Lydia Lunch/Sort Sol video for “Boy/Girl.”
Scimitar, with this glitchy new offering, captures the dark, brooding atmosphere characteristic of the original feel of Boy Girl. Its visuals play with contrasts: light and shadow, movement and stillness, and the androgynous interplay suggested by the song’s title, thriving on minimalism and an almost tangible sense of tension.
Watch the video for “Vacios” below:
Listen to and purchase the song via Bandcamp below:
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