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Vinyl Double LP £18.99 Kalligrammofon #30
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Vinyl Double LP £16.99 Kalligrammofon #30
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A prime slice of hauntology to get your teeth into here. Originally released on cassette last Halloween, this double LP features a live recording of Death And Vanilla’s soundtrack to Danish filmmaker Carl Theodor Dreyer’s 1932 classic ,Vampyr. For the performance, the psychedelic dream pop duo expanded their line up, incorporating an expanded sound palette of creaking organs, vibraphonette, zither and glockenspiel to augment the more familiar setup of synth, reverb drenched guitar, bass and samples.
The sounds produced by the quintet are understated but dripping with atmosphere. It only takes the haunting intro, with its sparse, flickering vocal sample that calls out into a crackling, darkened backdrop of a howling night wind, to see how this recording begs to be listened to on vinyl. Like the film it accompanies, the music here is not a full-frontal assault on the senses, instead it relies on seduction and suggestion, drawing the listener in with elegant, sweetly melodic passages that unsettle with just a hint of eeriness before any of the underlying darkness is revealed.
The use of vintage instrumentation and the particular psychedelic orientation of the band is reminiscent of classic 60s and 70s soundtracks, particularly Ennio Morricone’s work with giallo icon, Dario Argento. There are also some glacial, otherworldly synth parts that recall cosmic kraut instrumentalists Popol Vuh’s work on another classic vampire flick, Werner Herzog’s Nosferatu (1978). But the real treat here for anyone already familiar with Death and Vanilla’s exquisitely constructed nuggets of darkly mesmerising pop, is hearing them apply their aesthetic in a more open-ended setting; letting the sounds breathe and develop with the subtlety and restraint afforded by the film’s dreamlike narrative.
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