With „Empty Landscapes“ Switzerland-based Coldwave project LETTEN 94 debuts with their first single including two powerful and synth-driven tracks. The single release is also accompanied by a video for the title track (see below).
01 Empty Landscapes
02 Red Lights Soft Skins
About LETTEN 94
Zurich, 1994. Along the banks of the Limmat river, on the railway tracks of the disused Letten station, the largest open drugs scene in Europe is in its last year. Federal Councillor Ruth Dreifuss visits the site and meets addicts who lie on the ground, injecting themselves with heroin. From the Kornhausbrücke, the view looks like a dystopian landscape.
Comprising Dolorès and Freddy Van Ballast, LETTEN 94 is a Swiss Coldwave duo which takes this mental image of Letten, and more widely of Europe in the aftermath of the fall of the Berlin Wall, as a starting point to try to create electronic music which is sometimes aggressive and syncopated, sometimes dark and mysterious.
The guitar, putting into relief the railway-inspired rhythms of Van Ballast, commemorates the post-punk movement, while the deep and haunting voice of Dolorès prepares listeners for the clearly nihilist tone of their creations.
Watch the video for „Empty Landscapes“ here: