Vanishing Twin announce new single ‘The Lift’ out today

Vanishing Twin reveal new track ‘The Lift’ from their highly anticipated new album ‘Ookii Gekkou’ (Japanese for Big Moonlight, pronounced ‘oh-key ghekko’) released next month on 15th October via Fire Records. Following their recent festival dates, the band will also be touring the UK from 16th October before heading to Europe in November and then onto the USA in March 2022.

Alongside their new track out today, ‘The Lift’ is released with an accompanying new calligraphic karaoke video for an impossible sing along experience.
‘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 all follow, 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.

16 Oct: John Peel Centre, Stowmarket, UK
17 Oct: Arts Cool, Elsewhere, Margate, UK
21 Oct: White Hotel, Manchester, UK
22 Oct: Bongo Club, Edinburgh, UK
23 Oct: Broadcast, Glasgow, UK
24 Oct: Future Yard, Birkenhead, UK
25 Oct: The Lanes, Bristol, UK
26 Oct: Hare And Hounds, Birmingham, UK
28 Oct: Kings Place, London, UK
06 Nov: Arts Cool, Elsewhere, Margate, UK
09 Nov: Pôle Etudiant, Nantes, France     
10 Nov: Le Petit Bain, Paris, France     
11 Nov: Le Grand Mix, Le Tourcoing, France     
12 Nov: Le Guess Who?, Utrecht, Netherlands 
13 Nov: Sonic City, Kortrijk, Belgium 
14 Nov: Rotondes, Luxembourg, Luxembourg 
16 Nov: Hebbel Am Uffer, Berlin, Germany 
17 Nov: Club Manufaktur, Schorndorf, Germany     
18 Nov: Kammerspiele, Munich, Germany     
19 Nov: Trans Century Update, Leipzig, Germany     
20 Nov: Palace St. Gallen, St. Gallen, Switzerland     

15 Mar: Knitting Factory, New York City, US
16 Mar: Columbus Theatre, Providence, US
17 Mar: Bar Le Ritz PDB, Montreal, Canada
18 Mar: Lee’s Palace, Toronto, Canada
20 Mar: The Magic Bag, Detroit, US
21 Mar: Sleeping Village, Chicago, US
22 Mar: 7th St Entry, Minneapolis, US
23 Mar: Reverb Lounge, Omaha, US
26 Mar: Clockout Lounge, Seattle, US
27 Mar: Holocene, Portland, US
29 Mar: Rickshaw Stop, San Francisco, US
30 Mar: The Echoplex, Los Angeles, US
31 Mar: Pappy and Harriets, Joshua Tree, US
01 Apr: Constellation Room, Orange County, US
03 Apr: The Casbah, San Diego, US
04 Apr: Congress, Tucson, US
06 Apr: Antones, Austin, US
07 Apr: Tulips, Fort Worth, US
09 Apr: Aisle 5, Atlanta, US
11 Apr: Kung Fu Necktie, Philadelphia, US
12 Apr: DC9, Washington, US


Available on 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.


Vanishing Twin ‘The Lift’



“Afrofunk and Arkestra-style jazz collide with science fiction inspired electronics, culminating in something both timely and timeless.”

The Wire

Vanishing Twin ‘Ookii Gekkou’