Import Export, the Berlin-based producer duo of Josi Miller and Stefan Heinrich, brings a unique blend of musical influences in their latest release, “Blind.” With roots in indie, electronica, lo-fi hip-hop, choral music, and more, Miller and Heinrich combine their skills to create a cohesive and otherworldly dance sound. Miller’s background in DJing and Heinrich’s experience as a guitarist, bassist, drummer, and producer complement each other, resulting in a new sound aesthetic that is hauntingly intimate yet expansive. The track features Miller’s intimate vocals and mesmeric house beats, which slowly build into an exploratory world of trumpets, flickering beats, and soaring countermelodies.
The lyrics are simple yet powerful, reflecting a desperate, romantic thought experiment of longing and hope. Miller sings, “if the whole world is blind, except for you and me, and we’re the only ones who can see, would you see me?” The choral elements in the track serve as a metaphor for the voices in Miller’s head, adding to the emotional depth of the song.
Overall, “Blind” is a masterful ebb and flow of depth and surface, where everything mingles together cinematically beneath the vocals, then fades to nothing but a delicate piano. Import Export’s skills shine through as they seamlessly blend their diverse musical influences into a cohesive and mesmerizing track that truly transports the listener.