Based in Brooklyn by way of Hamburg, Germany, self-taught producer, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist newcomer Von Sell emerged in 2016 with his debut self-titled EP that captivated listeners with its beautifully orchestrated electronic arrangements and his inimitable vocals. However, his creative journey took a sharp turn shortly after, as he began to suffer unexplained vocal discomfort and pain that led to cancelled shows and little explanation from specialists. After a forced hiatus spent with family in Germany to heal his voice, Von Sell returned to his Brooklyn studio, transforming his experiences into what would become his forthcoming sophomore EP, Digital Sleep.
Now out with it’s third single Scene Of A Crime, Von Sell presents his perhaps most uptempo instalment. The song touches on the conflict of being so deeply in love with someone who doesn’t reciprocate those emotions although they still want to be in your life. The beauty in the song is that it touches on a disheartened subject camouflaged by the high and lows of the synth production in such a way that it’s hard to feel sorry for our crooning narrator. You just can’t help but dance.
On the narrative behind Scene of a Crime, Von Sell shares:
“I ended up writing a song about being in love, yet being numb at the same time. A song that makes you dance but perhaps also reflect. I think I explore pretty much every fear I have here, of not being loved, of not being able to feel, of feeling too much”