On Our Radar: WHIPPED CREAM offers no shortage of beauty for everyone—regardless of their personal preferences

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      What do you love more—Valentine’s Day or Halloween? One is all fresh-cut flowers, dewy-eyed love letters, and a genuine conviction that happy relationships make the world a better place—especially if you happen to be in one. Or own a chocolate shop.

      On the other side of the holiday schedule, you've got a celebration of blackened-soul despair, leaf-strewn graveyards, and the acceptance that, if we’re all going to the same place, we might as well lean into the dark side.

      Your personal preference will shape how you process “The Dark” by WHIPPED CREAM featuring Jasiah & Crimson Child. Chances are you’ve already seen the lyric video, where pink and red roses appear all delicate and beautiful at the beginning, only to be burnt to a crisp or exploded over the course of four minutes.

      The official video for “The Dark” ups the beauty, but the message remains mixed, that having everything to do with the music. Death-buzz synths mesh with sweeping faux-classical strings, with the vocals falling somewhere between ’80s-vintage goth and modern-opera—the black beauty of it all offset by lyrics like “The dark, the depths/The endless abyss, I’m with you I fall inside”. Sometimes love is at its most powerful when it’s almost painful.

      As for the visuals, um, imagine a video of the world’s most stunning wedding proposal. A tux-clad dude sitting down at a grand piano in a meadow that slopes into a pristine lake, the towering mountains in the distance adding to the drama. Add swirling purple storm clouds, tornados of flower petals, and two willing combat...., err, lovers, who understand that there are no sparks without a shit-ton of drama.

      Currently searching Airbnb for the locale, including the cabin at the 1:40 mark? Let's save you some time with this from WHIPPED CREAMS creative team at Monstercat:

      Produced by the Vancouver-based studio, Departure Lounge, and directed by Will Selviz,  The Dark music video is a novel mixed-reality project developed in Canada’s first volumetric capture facility. Equipped with tech that can transfer humans and objects in and out of the Metaverse, WHIPPED CREAM, Jasiah, and Crimson Child were shot by over 100 cameras at Metastage Canada, capturing them in real-time and transporting their holograms into a virtual reality environment.

      Valentine’s? Halloween? Who cares-—there’s not only enough gorgeousness here for everyone, we haven’t even talked about what happens when the sun sets. Watch, and be awed.