Chosen by Monk
As the rays of light at the end of the dark tunnel that has been the past 18 months of isolation and generally being shit upon from great heights grow brighter by the day, and life starts to return to some sense of normality, a healthy slew of new music, perhaps more than at any other time in ÜR’s history, continues to ping itself our way, and especially in the continuing tsunami of submissions we receive for our coveted ‘Video Of The Week’ award… Yes, as we’ve said on multiple occasions, one constant throughout the vagaries of inconsistent and often hard to stomach lockdowns is the amazing level of adaptive creativity that bands and video directors the length and breadth of the Überverse have continued to show, often in the most adverse of circumstances.
After viewing all of the entries – and, yes, we do watch every one of the 100-plus submissions we receive every week – at the end of the day (or night, depending on where you are in the Überverse), there could be only one winner… And this week it comes from an artist whom we first came across at the beginning of the summer – the fishnet and latex-clad songstress Lexi Layne, who is seeking to ‘Dominate’ us the latest single to be lifted from her self-released debut EP, ‘Sinner And Saint’, which was released at the beginning of the month.
Like the EP as a whole, and the previous video for its title track, ‘Dominate’, both lyrically and visually is very much embroiled thematically in the S&M fetish scene which has provided much of the grist to the mill of the goth iconography for the past four decades. Layne manages to combine the elements of erotica and musicality in an extremely atmospheric manner, mixing dank industrialism, dark electronica and catchy, hard rock-edged pop riffs into her gothic soundscape.
The accompanying video evokes the vibe of the gothic rock scene of the late Eighties, with more than enough rubber on show to keep a plantation busy for a month of Sundays… but we should warn that, to reflect this feel, it does contain flashing images:
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