Elliott Moss dévoile Without the Lights, une ballade inédite inspirée, selon ses propres mots, par une personne, une expérience singulière qui peut altérer la façon dont le reste du monde nous perçoit. Ce titre aborde la notion de vérité, parfois dure à regarder, mais qu’on ne peut éviter. Without the Lights reprend la profonde douceur à laquelle Elliott Moss nous a habitués avec son album Highspeeds et s’accompagne d’une vidéo dirigée et chorégraphiée par Phillip Chbeeb avec lequel le jeune artiste collabore régulièrement. La vidéo est sortie dans le cadre du mois de la prévention contre les violences domestiques aux USA. Un lien que le réalisateur explique :

« Without The Lights is a harrowing vision of what abuse or inequality can do to a human being. Throughout the piece, motifs and images highlight the states of being a person goes through when trapped by domestic violence and sexual abuse. The female lead, Erica Klein, begins her journey of self discovery by staring in the mirror. She asks, “Who are you?” but she is still too “pure », untouched and without answers. In the forest, she waits for an experience that will define her. Suddenly, darkness appears. Her first instinct is to flee, but manipulation, temptation, and deceit trap her within their grasp. Black paint begins to soak through her clothes ; the blank canvas of her soul. Irreversible choices are made. She allows her self-worth to vanish; her identity crumbles. She resigns to being an object of sex, convinced that that is now her only purpose. She claws to escape her own body but it is now a shell, a prison without emotion. Abuse leaves her panicked to erase the past but she cannot ever change or reverse what has been done to her. In the end, she relinquishes control. She allows the pain to comfort and defeat her, accepting the tainted image of herself as truth. She, and millions like her, will never get the opportunity to give the world their true potential » Phillip Chbeeb

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