DROELOE is the Dutch duo breathing new life into electronic music. Comprised of Vincent Rooijers and Hein Hamers, the duo weave together lush sonic tapestries that explore the emotive possibilities of what a dance song ultimately can be. Their artistic approach extends past their production into every aspect of their creations. A noted visual designer, Hamers gives another dimension to the act, crafting artwork that furthers the stories and worlds that DROELOE create with each new song.
The duo's sophomore effort, The Choices We Face, is a seven-track exploration of interpersonal struggles and triumphs that is told through each lushly textured tracks and captivating piece of artwork. We spoke with the rapidly rising duo, so they could serve as our guides through the expansive, multidimensional world of The Choices We Face.
Listen along as you go:
"The First Wish"
Vincent: I wanted to make a track that gave the listener a feeling of playfulness and light-hearted with a mysterious feeling which would set tone for the rest of the EP. The mysterious and playful vibe ties into the theme of childhood dreams.
Hein: "The First Wish" depicts the feeling of seeing something for the first time and instantly feeling you've found your purpose.
Vincent: "Weird Machine" follows the journey of "The First Wish" in that as you've grown up, childhood dreams no longer seem as cool, but it's important to not lose yourself in the opinions of everybody else.
Hein: The lockers in "Weird Machine" are reflective of the high-school feeling of trying to "fit in" but also trying not to lose yourself in the process.
Vincent: "Taking Flight" is about finally working to achieve your dreams and going out into the world and owning it.
Hein: The artwork of "Taking Flight" shows the excitement of being able to go out in the world for the first time and to achieve your dreams, and there's also airplane because "Taking Flight."
Vincent: The idea behind "LIMBO" is about thinking that you've achieved your dreams but realizing that you've actually lost yourself somewhere along the way and you're stuck living the 'cool' life without direction.
Hein: "LIMBO" is a dark forest that depicts the protagonists being lost in the proverbial woods.
"Step By Step"
Vincent: "Step By Step" is about wanting to break loose from that vicious cycle. It's an existential question that has you looking back at the first wish and thinking to yourself, "How do I turn around?"
Hein: "Step by Step" is the gritty bathroom of self-realization. Where you look in the mirror and ask yourself, "How did it come to this?"
Vincent: "Turn Around" is that eureka moment where you've realized how far you've come and what you need to get back on track and continue achieving your dreams.
Hein: "Turn Around" is the answer to LIMBO, where the LIMBO artwork is a dark, claustrophobic forest with no way out, but "Turn Around" shows the forest in a new light.
Vincent: "Looking Back" is reflecting on the whole process, the entire journey and appreciating everyone who's contributed to getting you to where you are now on your ongoing journey.
Hein: The artwork of "Looking Back" depicts a metaphor for the story of "Looking Back." It's an analog photo studio filled with photos of memories past.