VANISHING TWIN – “Ookii Gekkou “

Posted: October 15, 2021 in MUSIC
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We love Vanishing Twin oh yes we do. The UK outfit prove once more that they’re one of the most ambitious and engaging acts in modern psychedelia with ‘Ookii Gekkou’, as they add shades of colour with funk, jazz, MPB, Afrobeat, and touches of left-field, crate-digger’s psych.

Their previous album was one of Rough Trade’s Albums Of The Year, so we are totally stoked (and honoured) to have a beautiful package of this amazing new album. Vanishing Twin explore new ground on “Ookii Gekkou” incorporating elements of afrofunk, outer jazz and avant-garde, all while referencing Sun Ra to Alice Coltrane, Martin Denny to Morricone, Can’s Holger Czukay to meditative Gamelan, or The Free Design, to library music of the late ‘60s and early ‘70s. Locked into their strangely-accessible groove is a history of ‘other’ sound, a crafted hauntology that evinces something completely new. Hurricanes, organisms, vibes, bells, and percussive rallies purvey throughout Ookii Gekkou, each infiltrated with influences as diverse as Piero Umiliani, Art Ensemble of Chicago and ELO among others.

Indeed, even a cursory earful adds to an ever-expanding palette of sound, no mean feat for the newly-trimmed quartet of songwriter, singer and multi-instrumentalist Cathy Lucas, drummer Valentina Magaletti, bassist Susumu Mukai, and synth/guitar player Phil MFU, this reduction resulting in no fewer ideas and even bigger steps. Vanishing Twin is a conundrum in these fragmenting times; familiar, yet different; appealing to this world, but from another, parallel one.

First track ‘Big Moonlight (Ookii Gekkou)’ tells the chaotic story of rock torn away from the earth’s outer layer and its gradual falling into the patterns that give us moon phases. All this over a cohesive groove that nods to space-age music. The new track is released alongside a new clay animated music video by London based video artist Daisy Dickinson (Flaming Lips, Toy, Snapped Ankles). “We asked Daisy to take the being from the cover of our album and make it move, grow, stretch, multiply and merge with other objects. Hypnotised by the moon, the being plays in a strange landscape populated by other mysterious objects and characters.” Hurricanes, organisms, vibes, bells, and percussive rallies purvey throughout ‘Ookii Gekkou’, each infiltrated with influences as diverse as Piero Umiliani, Art Ensemble of Chicago and ELO among others.

‘Big Moonlight (Ookii Gekkou)’ is the first single from Vanishing Twin’s new album ‘Ookii Gekkou’ out October 15th.

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