Vanishing Twin announce new single ‘Phase One Million’ from their highly anticipated new album ‘Ookii Gekkou’ (Japanese for Big Moonlight, pronounced ‘oh-key ghekko’) released 15th October on Fire Records. ‘Phase One Million’ beckons to a discordant dance floor where afro spars with disco. It is finger clicking modern pop exuding the perspiration of gyration.
The new tune is accompanied by an otherworldly animated music video created by artist Noriko Okaku who explores the surreal and the mythical in this transportive entrancing new video.
‘Ookii Gekkou’ is an album conceived and created under lockdown – a sort of dream catcher for all the madness of the past year. Each song a spell or an incantation for coping with the oddity and the eeriness of it all.
The music contains no fewer surprises as a result. It explores new ground for the band, incorporating elements of afrofunk, outer jazz and avant-garde, all the while keeping a foot in more traditional pop songwriting.
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.
“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.” Pitchfork
Available in Rough Trade Exclusive Turquoise Vinyl with die cut gatefold sleeve and hand numbered insert (LTD to 500 units), Black Vinyl with gatefold sleeve plus printed insert and CD.
Listen to ‘Phase One Million’/Pre-Order ‘Ookii Gekkou’