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Death And Vanilla

Flicker

    Death and Vanilla return with ‘Flicker’, presenting their unique pop music that defies categorisation. Housed in a beautifully austere post-ironic de-constructed sleeve; ‘Flicker’ is a modern reflection on these difficult times. World crises notwithstanding, they return reborn, re-arranged and revitalised after assimilating dub reggae, the motorik spirals of Can, the modal meander of Philip Glass and The Cure’s dreamier pop sounds; plus the twice removed symphonic ambience of Spiritualized and Talking Heads under heavy manners from Brian Eno. By osmosis their period of transition since 2019’s much darker ‘Are You A Dreamer?’ has hatched new eclectic electronica anthems riddled with melody lines, and layered for lush love.

    Forming in Malmö, Sweden, Death And Vanilla gravitated towards vintage musical equipment; from vibraphone, organ and mellotron, to tremolo guitar and Moog synthesisers. Soaking up soundtracks from the 60s and 70s, listening to library music, kosmiche, French Ye-ye pop and 60s psych, Marleen Nilsson, Anders Hansson and Magnus Bodin were fashioned by the city’s austere industrial past and flat pack present, and all in the shadow of the Orsesund Bridge that links their dreamworld to mainland Europe and a darker reality.

    Death And Vanilla at once sound like everything is possible; but nothing else at all. There is a flicker of hope for everyone.

    “Deploying vintage instruments in their quest for melancholic utopia.” - Electronic Sound

    “Baroque pop through a dreampop filter.” - The Guardian.

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Barry says: It's hard to define exactly what Death and Vanilla do. It's deeply psychedelic but rooted in classic songwriting, taking familiar progressions and twisting them into perfectly produced fever dreams. 'Flicker' has a ton of melody, is warm and brooding but remains resolutely listenable, and endlessly fascinating.

    TRACK LISTING

    Side A
    A1. Out For Magic
    A2. Baby Snakes
    A3. Find Another Illusion
    A4. Perpetuum Mobile
    Side B
    B1. Looking Glass
    B2. Mercury's Rising
    B3. Fearless
    B4. Transparent Things
    B5. Perpetuum Reprise

    New album from the Malmo-based trio of Marleen Nilsson, Anders Hansson and Magners Bodin.

    Following the critically-acclaimed ‘To Where The Wild Things Are’ from 2015 and their haunting collection of soundtracks in between.

    “Lush and enveloping, reminiscent of Curt Boettcher and Margo Guryan.” The Wire. 

    “Fantastically eerie.” Clash.


    Exposing the trio’s love of all things retro with a nod to everything from Fun Boy Three to Orchestre Poly Rythmo de Contonou, while still roaming somewhere between an ambient Eno and Cocteau Twins at a late-night soiree. A unique, individual sound: Longer, more plush and pampered; more hypnotic and haunting, mixing mellotron and affected guitar with a refined rhythm. Electronic melancholy at its most evocative, riddled with super-memorable motifs and melodies that nestle in reflective echo.

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Barry says: Death and Vanilla have eschewed their classic sound slightly for a more open and airy offering, channelling the vibes of 70's soundtracks, hazy psychedelia and tie-dyed synthplay as well as their more direct offerings mixed in for good measure. Definitely the soundtrack to the summer. Stunning stuff.

    TRACK LISTING

    1. A Flaw In The Iris
    2. Let's Never Leave Here
    3. Mercier
    4. Eye Bath
    5. The Hum
    6. Nothing Is Real
    7. Vespertine
    8. Wallpaper Pattern

    Death And Vanilla

    Vampyr

      A Standard LP and CD release will follow later. Now re-issued as a double vinyl package, ‘Vampyr’ is full of “eerie haunted ambience” (©The Guardian), an atmospheric and spaced out 78 minutes that galvanizes Moog, glockenspiel, zither and vibraphonette in a beautiful piece of claustrophobia, a timeless slice of suitably scary sound filled with an unnerving sonic vibe that sticks in the psyche. “The retro leaning Scandi duo fire up their Moogs and mellotrons, sonic archaeologists with a hauntological bent.. there is an alluring sexiness to their avant-Kraut Moog-pop excursions.” 

      TRACK LISTING

      A1. Vampyr Pt.1
      B1. Vampyr Pt.2
      C1. Vampyr Pt.3
      D1. Vampyr Pt.4
      D2. Vampyr Rehearsals

      Death And Vanilla

      Death And Vanilla EP (Reissue)

        The first release for the Swedish Psychedelic dream-pop band, their self-titled EP caught 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. The EP is reissued on blue vinyl to match the cover alongside the ‘From Above’ 7” and their self-titled debut long player.

        TRACK LISTING

        01 Ghosts In The Machine
        02 Godspeed
        03 Run Rabbit Run
        04 The Colour Of Space
        05 Ascend And Descend
        06 The Dödens Vaniljsås Theme
        07 Between The Circles

        Death And Vanilla

        Death And Vanilla Album (Reissue)

        Marleen Nilsson and Anders Hansson AKA Death and Vanilla released their first full length self-titled eponymous debut LP in 2012. It radiates sophisticated retro-futuristic psych-pop whilst channeling their passion for hauntology, library, krautrock and radiophonic music. Mastered by Linus Sjölund at RED audio it was initially released on French label ‘Hands In The Dark’ which like their EP sold out on pre-order.

        Fire Records now release the album on black/yellow splatter vinyl and CD alongside the ‘From Above’ 7” and their self-titled debut EP. 

        STAFF COMMENTS

        Andy says: Krauty, moog, hushed, library baroque pop that breezes along in a sultry fashion.

        TRACK LISTING

        01 Rituals
        02 Dreams Of Sheep
        03 Cul-De-Sac
        04 Somnambulists
        05 The Unseeing Eye
        06 From Elsewhere
        07 Library Goblin
        08 The Clearing
        09 The Unseeing I


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