Waldo Witt

Waldo Witt Debuts Video for Goth-Synth Track "Carteret"

Waldo Witt knows how to make a video. The electronic pop singer and songwriter understands the power of images, and he knows how to underscore and amplify the emotional intensity of his songs through visual storytelling. So far, his clips have been beautifully shot, dramatically acted, and as compelling to follow as any motion picture is. "Crystal Ball," his last video, was practically a love letter to '80s cinema: it featured the Chapel Hill artist in a succession of scenes and poses deeply reminiscent of the best-loved and most emotionally provocative movies of the first synthpop era. (Even the titles looked vintage!) "Carteret," the latest Waldo Witt video, ups the ante with a gripping story-line that borrows equally from dystopian and gangster cinema. He's an artist who understands the camera – one with a knack for making film-historical tropes his own. 

 

Nobody who knows the artist will be shocked. His music does something very similar: it alludes to prior electronic pop models and juxtaposes them, boldly, with contemporary approaches. Waldo Witt's music is gorgeously appointed, texturally sophisticated, harmonically rich, and sonically arresting. Once heard, it's not easily forgotten. Witt makes songs that cry out for video treatments – songs that feel like soundtracks to unforgettable moments. Call it psychedelia, or dream pop, or electronic soul, and he won't mind; what matters is the profound effect these cuts have on those who listen to them. "Carteret," for instance, is quintessential Waldo Witt: it's a waking reverie, a swim in a deep river with dangerous undercurrents. 

 

Sefárdico's "Carteret" enhances the dreamlike quality of Waldo Witt's music. The director presents a magic realism treatment on the United States – one populated by a desperate and passionate multicultural youth defined by its opposition to the dominant power group, in this case the Kadabros gang.  This is a needle-drop into a deep groove: a look at a subculture struggling, and celebrating, and adapting to a hostile society. But a closer look at the cosmetics suggests a division. The different clown face paint worn by the Kadabros and the minority gangs signify the differing ideology they present to the world. Narratively speaking, the clown face is also a device to lighten up the very stark situation in which we found ourselves as a country - that we are ultimately divided. Our hero is a young woman with a butterfly chest tattoo whose innocent appearance belies her dedication – and her determination to overthrow the current corrupt and obsolete order.  Only by symbolically killing the societal ideal we have of those in power we will be able to celebrate underrepresented voices and move forward as a society.

 

 

   

Waldo Witt Releases Retro-synth Single "Crystal Ball"

 

Finding success, happiness and fulfillment as a consistent touring artist can be unique to each and every artist. No one ever knows where the road will take them or how long they will continue to go down the same fork. Put together the time away from home and the long nights spent performing, rehearsing and recording, and then to go and do it all over again to an infinite degree, can often leave one utterly drained. Mr. Waldo Witt has been able to find a perfect medium between the two. After traveling with several acts over the last 10 years, Waldo made the move from Austin, TX to Chapel Hill, NC to be close with his loved one. But alas, he continues to pursue this very thing. 

Under his new solo moniker, Waldo Witt has released only a fragment of his material, sorting through demos recorded while traveling on the road, all of which is pure gold. Labeling himself as a "DIY Hi-Fi Experiment", Mr. Wittenmyer is on a continuous journey into indie-pop fans hearts. Seeking influence, Waldo has created a connection with his Ford Ecoline he has traveled in for years, named Randall. The relationship with his van is one of that of a human and their dog. It's an unbreakable bond that has kept him sane on the lonesome roads over the many, many years onto of the asphalt. 
 
John 'Waldo' Wittenmeyer has delved into the psychedelic dream world to create a beautiful landscape of electronic mellow-pop. His melodies encapsulated around very deep beats keeps your mind in a head space full of fantasy. His low-key and hi-fi mechanics surround you, take you away, and leave you wondering where he'll go from here. With some of his tracks bridging on the hemisphere of Jizz-Jazz, a younger audience will be able to enjoy this just as much as someone who got to live through an era of electronic music revolution.  

The first single released, Crystal Ball, which has also had a subsequent video released, is a quick yet revealing glimpse into the head space of Witt. A deep dive into an 80's time capsule, the video brings elements of several 80's fan favorite movies. It's easy to find where Waldo finds his influence. There's a craving that fans have to bring back special feelings left in yesteryear, and this is a phenomenal hand reaching out to reel in those listeners. The dreamy nature of the video lets the audience take a quick trip into the imagination of Witt. 
 
- Dylan Welch