blackwave. Share Immersive ‘i miss’ Video | News

blackwave. Share Immersive 'i miss' Video | News

Belgian outfit blackwave. have shared the video for their track ‘i miss’.

The duo – rapper Jean-Valéry Atohoun and singer-producer Willem Ardui – recently shared new album ‘no sleep in LA’, matching the emphatic success of 2019’s breakout endeavour ‘ARE WE STILL DREAMING’.

Blending aspects of R&B and hip-hop with lucid electronics, the record is peppered with fantastic highs. ‘i miss’ offers the duo at their most potent, an immersive journey that dips into their childhood while pin-pointing a path to the future.

We’re able to share the full video for ‘i miss’, directed by Jaan Stevens and Michiel Venmans. Beautifully matching the song itself – which saw blackwave. link with Kirby – the video offers a potent aspect of the pair’s visual iconography.

blackwave. artist Willem Ardui discusses the song…

It’s a track where we reminisce not only about our childhood, but more so about the time we just started making music. In the making of this album we definitely had our ups and downs. During those downs it felt like we lost the initial spark that made us start this project. We were even thinking about quitting altogether. The lockdown, not being able to play shows, not even being able to see each other in person, mixed in with some personal stuff we were going through like Jay losing his dad, and me going through depression, made us look back at how it all came this far. 

When I made the instrumental for ‘i miss’ we immediately felt like this would be the closer of the record. We knew we wanted to approach it with a hopeful tone. At the time we had a session planned with Kirby over Zoom, and she instantly connected to the record as well, recording a freestyle to it with the words and melody for the ‘I miss’ part. With that chorus as the missing link, we knew where to take the record with our verses. It all came together perfectly and felt like the ideal closing sentiment for our album. 

The very outro of the song is a voice recording of Jay’s dad wishing him a happy birthday and good luck with his upcoming album. With this album we knew we wanted to open up about ourselves, show a more personal, vulnerable side. We think it’s important to let people know we’re far from perfect and go through the same kind of things everybody else does.

Tune in now.

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