Posts Tagged ‘Vanishing Twin’

Brand new music from the much-praised Vanishing Twin…“This is a band that fearlessly floats in the hazy space between the real world and an imagined one, blurring the line between warmly nostalgic and eerily haunted”

Following their hugely successful second album ‘The Age Of Immunology’ (roundly raved over by The Line Of Best Fit, PopMatters, Pitchfork, Q, MOJO, The Quietus and Uncut) and one of Rough Trade, MOJO and Uncut’s albums of 2019.

Cocktail umbrellas and chlorinated fantasies! It’s time to get cool in the pool with Vanishing Twin.  Here are four streams of analogue consciousness to super-soak your deckchair daydreams.

“Fantastical soundscapes that are as welcoming as they are unusual.” All Music


Available from Fire Records

These are sultry songs for aliens – folk played on synths from another planet. Cathy Lucas (singer-songwriter / multi-instrumentalist), Valentina Magaletti (drums), Elliott Arndt (flute/percussion), Phil MFU (guitar) and Susumu Makai (bass) are from London and Margate. Syd Kemp engineered and Malcolm Catto mixed seven of the tracks. Sweet, bubbling songs with murmuring synths play together in the reflection of echoing wah wah guitars and flowing vocals. Library music from a parallel universe.

Vanishing Twin, one of the most exciting young groups in England at the moment, the term is used in dismay on living through a period where borders are being hardened, walls are being built and new boundaries being needlessly imposed. Band members may come from Belgium, Japan, Italy, France and America but they have all made England their home and, on this album, they are heralds of the much better future that is being rapidly dismantled as we speak. The Age Of Immunology – which is sung in all the primary languages of the musicians who made it as well as English – is the soundtrack for those who still believe in the pluralist dream, where the other is embraced and learned from, not isolated and destroyed.

Sitting among our Top 100 albums of 2019 are the irrefutably wonderful Vanishing Twin. With two LP variations, CD and cassette on offer with FREE stickers as well you’d have to be bonkers not to pick one up. In short, this Psych thriller is a trip. It has to be heard to be believed try to catch them at Lewes Psychedelic Festival!! Thank you to Fire Records for releasing such a great album.

Vanishing Twin is songwriter, singer and multi-instrumentalist Cathy Lucas, drummer Valentina Magaletti, bassist Susumu Mukai, synth/guitar player Phil MFU and visual artist/film maker Elliott Arndt on flute and percussion; and on this album they have made their first artistic statement for the ages.

‘You Are Not An Island’ is from Vanishing Twin’s 2019 album ‘The Age Of Immunology’.

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Limited Edition Record Store Day 2017 pressing with individually numbered sleeves and pressed on red vinyl. This E.P. includes 5 brand new tracks and 1 album track that didn’t make the LP. Vanishing Twin present a limited edition 10″ EP of oblique psychedelia invoking strange visions and surreal states. Built around a series of improvisations, each piece soundtracks your adventures in dreamland.

On April 22nd we release Dream By Numbers, a limited edition 10″ EP. As the world becomes more and more dreamlike in its unfamiliarity and obfuscation, we find our fantasies increasingly self-regulated in the service of power. Built around a series of improvisations, each song is a soundtrack for the unsettling reality we find ourselves in. 1000 numbered copies on red vinyl

New music from Soundway’s cosmic psych shamans Vanishing Twin, Dream By Numbers sees the outfit return after the superb 2016 LP Choose Your Own Adventure. One of our tips for new music at this year’s Record Store Day.


We release Dream By Numbers, a limited edition 10″ EP. As the world becomes more and more dreamlike in its unfamiliarity and obfuscation, we find our fantasies increasingly self-regulated in the service of power. Built around a series of improvisations, each song is a soundtrack for the unsettling reality we find ourselves in.

Vanishing Twin began life as a solo project for Orlando.   After releasing a concept cassette on her own label The Re-Alignment of Magnetic Dust (RAM), and playing the songs with different musicians. Gradually the band formed into a formation of people who all shared similar taste and similar ideas, and in the process the sound became much bigger than Orlando as it incorporated these different musical personalities. So with that the band chose a new name and a new identity.

With influences too many to name. There are a few vinyl lovers in the band – with collections of interesting and obscure music from all over the world. We have a deep love of library and soundtrack music that heavily influences our sound and approach, but equally they are interested in Latin jazz, outsider pop, African funk, minimal classical music, industrial, no wave and other intriguing cocktails of sound.


The live show is all about conjuring magic, about casting a spell, and opening a door into another world for a brief time. The visual is an important part of the whole picture for us – the creation of a complete entity.
Vanishing Twin sounds like oblique pop, lost soundtracks, radiophonic experiments and eternal juju.


The album was recorded and produced with Malcolm Catto at his studio Quatermass Sound Lab. The Band didn’t do many takes, just went for the right performance and atmosphere. Then took the recordings away to experiment with overdubs and effects before bringing them back for mixing.

Oblique pop ensemble Vanishing Twin formed in 2015 over a love of unusual instruments, freaky records and the irresistible seduction of A Good Groove. Founder Cathy Lucas, after releasing a string of conceptual cassettes on her own RAM* label under the name Orlando, put a band together and named it after her Vanishing Twin, a sister absorbed in utero, when they were both still a cluster of cells. She is joined by drummer Valentina Magaletti (Tomaga, Shit and Shine, Raime, Neon Neon), bassist Susumu Mukai (A.K.A. primitive electronic producer Zongamin), library music head Phil M.F.U. (Man From Uranus) on strange sounds, and film-maker and visual artist Elliott Arndt on flute and percussion.

Last year the band teamed up with producer Malcolm Catto (Heliocentrics, Gas Lamp Killer) and wrapped their songs in layers of otherness and sub-aquatic obscurity. The resulting debut LP will be released on Soundway Recordings in September 2016.

Vanishing Twin Syndrome is taken from the Vanishing Twin album ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’