Hanin Ellis (formerly of Atari Teenage Riot and the founder of Fatal Recordings) and Marcel Zurcher (of Die Krupps) have teamed up for a new project, Fantome, which surprisingly isn’t the synth-based industrial noise that they’ve long been known for; in fact, as you’ll hear on “Love,” the first single from the duo’s forthcoming debut, It All Makes Sense is a post-punk/shoegaze that bears a resemblance to Siouxsie and the Banshees, as well as several contemporary shoegazers including Chicago’s Lightfoils, Dallas’s Blackstone Rngrs and others. In other words, you’ll hear the expected shimmering guitars with swirling, ambient synths and other electronics and samples – but in the case of “Love” the track is propulsive yet ethereal, moodily seductive and hypnotic.
Interestingly, the duo’s debut album illustrates the story who is completely in touch with her emotions, scars and experiences – and gets up every single time to do it all over again. Reportedly, “Love” was written in the perspective of a woman who is about to take a stand for her love.
The official video employs the use of some rather striking visuals – in particular, Fantome’s Hanin Ellis looking like Eve coyly smiling form behind the branches of a tree and bathed in brilliant sunlight; a demon being waved away by a young girl using an iPhone; Ellis later dressed in red, walking through the woods like a modern Little Red Riding Hood; and others. The video has a dream-like logic based on old folk tales and manages to bear a resemblance to an old Siouxsie and the Banshees video.