Following the release of last year’s critically acclaimed ‘To Where The Wild Things Are’, Death And Vanilla revisit earlier releases with a number of reissues including ‘EP’ and 7” ‘From Above’ out in May.
Looking back at their formative years, their sophisticated retro-futuristic psych-pop was being honed whilst channeling their passion for hauntology, library, krautrock and radiophonic music.
“Recalling the eerie, haunted ambience of Angelo Badalamenti/Julee Cruise’s Twin Peaks soundtrack, Stereolab/Broadcast’s experimental vision of 50s lounge muzak/exotica and French 60s pop, or the narcotic country-noir of Mazzy Star. That’s just when they’re being excellent.. one of the albums of the year so far” The Guardian
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Beginning their life recording together above Malmö’s largest cemetery, the location was perfect for the duo who have a great fondness for horror film music. Ever present are their influences of late 60s music, French film music and motorik rhythms with baroquely set arrangements. Their otherworldly opulent experiments and vintage instruments (moog, vibraphone, organ and tremolo guitar) brings to it a radiophonic edge.
Catching the attention of French label ‘Hands In The Dark’ they originally released EP in 2010 on CD an extremely limited edition run of 100 copies.
Releasing their self-titled eponymous debut LP ‘Death And Vanilla’ in 2012. The record begins with reverb-drenched thriller ‘Rituals’, moving into entrancing psych-kraut-lullaby ‘Dreams Of Sheep’ which rocks gently into cinematic dream pop number ‘Cul-De-Sac’. Filmic references ensue on the hauntingly beautiful ‘The Unseeing Eye’ and ‘Library Goblin’.
Mastered by Linus Sjölund at REDaudio was also on French label ‘Hands In The Dark’ which like their EP sold out on pre-order.
Picking up where the album left off with Death And Vanilla followed up with ‘From Above’ in 2013 – the 7” came out on Great Pop Supplement. Limited to 400 copies on hand numbered red vinyl it has been repressed twice, each time selling out very quickly.
Fire Records release ‘Death And Vanilla’ on yellow vinyl and both EP and 7″ ‘From Above’ will be available on blue vinyl. Album and EP will also be available on CD.