Video: Slovenlie – Disaster
After sharing her formidable debut single ‘Disaster’, South London’s Slovenlie has now unveiled the accompanying video, directed by motion fantasy artist Kenaim.
Dripped in colour, Slovenlie’s dark ruminations are distorted through a glitched out world; the track’s crisp, mechanical percussion coming to the fore alongside those beseeching vocals and distinctly cutting lyrics: “It’s not your fault that you’re weak it’s just your nature, you only get by ‘cause you look good on paper.” If Shirley Manson formed a supergroup with Daniel Avery and Trent Reznor, it might sound something like this.
Slovenlie was born in the back of a car, just outside of Newcastle. She grew up in Glastonbury until she was expelled from school at the age of 14 and in her own words, “exiled to London” where she has remained ever since.
Classically trained from an early age and with a lifelong love of the intense, moody compositions of Bartók, Slovenlie, now in her early twenties and based in Peckham, delved into more electronic soundscapes when she began to write her own music. She counts the icy electronic atmospheres of Fever Ray, John Talabot and Moderat together with Bjork and Grimes among her many influences, as well as industrial gods Nine Inch Nails and post-punk pioneers Joy Division and New Order.
Another influence for Slovenlie, who produces, writes and performs all of her music, comes from somewhere you might not expect. “I have a mega OCD that affects all aspects of my life,” she reveals, “including how I make music. All my programming has to revolve around certain numbers and patterns, which can make writing either quick and decisive or insanely slow and painstaking. Automation values will drive me to insanity.”
‘Disaster’ was mixed by Richard Formby (Darkstar, Zola Blood) and remixes come courtesy of Belfast techno producer Max Cooper and rising Brighton talent Affelaye.Slovenlie is currently in the studio with Neil McLellan (The Prodigy) and Steve Dub (Chemical Brothers, Leftfield) so expect to hear much more from her soon.