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Choose Your Own Adventure
Vanishing Twin
Soundway Records
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Release Date
September 30, 2016

Formed in 2015, Vanishing Twin came together to make an exploratory record that marries oblique English pop with a palette of arkestral sounds. Having previously released a string of conceptual cassettes under the name Orlando, founder Cathy Lucas named the group after her vanishing twin, an identical sister absorbed in utero, when they were both still a cluster of cells.

Enlisting the help of producer Malcolm Catto (Heliocentrics, DJ Shadow, The Gaslamp Killer) the band began work at his London studio, Quatermass Sound Lab, last spring. Recording the basis for eight tracks, they blended structure and improvisation in pop songs that describe a personal mythology through the adventures of Lucas’ vanished twin. Drawing on sounds outside of the usual pop vocabulary, the group used forgotten drum machines, home-made electronics, vibraphones, tablas, and harp to invoke the esoteric psychedelia of lost soundtracks, radiophonic experiments and minimal music orchestras. In a studio that Catto built for maximum atmosphere and minimum interfere, and crammed with obscure vintage equipment, he brought his own distinctive sonics to the table, informed by outsider jazz, Italian library music and ethnographic field recordings.

The band has previously been championed by the likes of Gilles Peterson and the Quietus. They played widely in 2015 presenting an immersive show that is equal parts crafted sound and improvised delirium. Vanishing Twin is made up of singer Cathy Lucas (Innerspace Orchestra), drummer Valentina Magaletti (Raime, Tomaga, Uuuu, Neon Neon), bassist Susumu Mukai (Zongamin, Floating Points), 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.

REVIEWS "A heady voyage across time and space that surprises at every turn" The Quietus

Digital Tracklist

  1. 1 Vanishing Twin Syndrome 8:10 Buy

    Vanishing Twin Syndrome

  2. 2 Telescope 4:19 Buy


  3. 3 Floating Heart 1:37 Buy

    Floating Heart

  4. 4 Eggs 5:53 Buy


  5. 5 Under the Water 2:38 Buy

    Under the Water

  6. 6 The Conservation of Energy 4:13 Buy

    The Conservation of Energy

  7. 7 Choose Your Own Adventure 4:20 Buy

    Choose Your Own Adventure

  8. 8 Truth Is Boring 9:50 Buy

    Truth Is Boring

  9. 9 It Sends My Heart into a Spin 3:36 Buy

    It Sends My Heart into a Spin

Vanishing Twin

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