Vanishing Twin will be live in-store at Rough Trade East to perform tracks from 'Choose Your Own Adventure', their new album released on the 30th September on Soundway Records.
London ensemble Vanishing Twin formed in 2015 over a love of oblique pop, arkestral grooves and surrealist humour. 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, an identical sister absorbed in utero when they were both still a cluster of cells.
Enlisting the help of producer Malcolm Catto (Heliocentrics, Gas Lamp Killer, DJ Shadow) the band began work last spring at his London studio, Quatermass Sound Lab. For their debut, Choose Your Own Adventure, they blended structure and improvisation in pop songs that describe a personal mythology through the adventures of Lucas’ vanished twin. In a constant search for unconventional sounds, 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. The studio, built by Catto for maximum atmosphere and minimum interfere, is crammed with obscure vintage equipment, and is where he brought his own distinctive sonics to bear, informed by outsider jazz, Italian library music and ethnographic field recordings. The resulting LP is released on Soundway Records on September 30th 2016.
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 Cathy Lucas (innerspace Orchestra, School of Hypnosis) on vocals and other things, drummer Valentina Magaletti (Tomaga, Shit and Shine, Raime, 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.