iamamiwhoami’s ionnalee explores the dark side of synth-pop in a new version of “GONE”

The enigmatic artist links with Claes Björklund for the iamamiwhoami remix of her solo single.

After a couple of albums as part of the duo iamamiwhoami, the enigmatic Stockholm-based artist ionnalee is stepping out solo. A full-length album, EVERYONE AFRAID TO BE FORGOTTEN, arrives via To whom it may concern./Kobalt on February 16, and it’s conceived as a prologue to the elaborate audiovisual journey of iamamiwhoami. The new record’s fourth single, “GONE,” fleshed out a 2010 iamamiwhoami snippet into soaring synth-pop — and today, she shares another reimagining of the tune.

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The ionnalee VS iamamiwhoami remix of “GONE” finds ionnalee linking up with her longtime collaborator Claes Björklund. Their revamp — with a brand new accompanying video — amps up the the track’s latent feeling of menace. Shimmering textures are stripped out for stomping low-end synths and thumping beats; her vocals are transformed into pitch-shifted stutters.

In an email to The FADER, ionnalee explained: “Me and John Strandh, who directed both videos for this single, made a video remix to show the subtle but clear contrasts between ionnalee and iamamiwhoami, visually. The personal more emotionally driven perspective from ionnalee, versus iamamiwhoami as a project’s more distanced behaviour. I had lots of fun with this editing.”

Watch the video above.

iamamiwhoami’s ionnalee explores the dark side of synth-pop in a new version of “GONE” ionnalee   Photo by John Strandh
December 14, 2017
iamamiwhoami’s ionnalee explores the dark side of synth-pop in a new version of “GONE”