by Christopher Stribley in Video on Wednesday 7 August 2013

New York based artist, KOORTWAH, has just unveiled a stunning new video for his song Forty Five. Its bleak, sexually charged imagery, paired with Jake Courtois’ monotone recitation, haunting howls, and soaring falsetto, make for a stimulating piece that lingers in your mind long after the last flicker of the KOORTWAH logo.

Black and white images of raw sexuality, brutality, and the horrors of war flash by, at times in negative, similar to something Nine Inch Nails might use. The growling bass and staccato keyboard of Forty Five evoke an atmosphere not unlike Massive Attack’s Inertia Creeps. 

As Jake sings, “Baby, here you come, vandalized skin / looking how I feel deep down within,” he conjures imagery of every damaged person we’ve ever known and loved.

Lyrically and musically, I’m reminded of such greats as Depeche Mode. Co-produced by Courtois and Abe Seiferth, who mixed Yeasayer’s Fragrant World, the song is from KOORTWAH’s Occult It EP, which can be heard in its entirety on KOORTWAH’s Soundcloud stream.  

Occult It is the first half of KOORTWAH’s debut album, the second half of which will be recorded later this year. Stay tuned for great things from this guy!