Vanishing Twin fuse ‘60s pop and electronic music in way similar to Broadcast et al. On The Age Of Immunology, their second full length, the band explore the full breadth of their sound by recording it in a variety of non-standard settings, including the Croatian island of Krk. Features some of the most vital flute interventions I've heard in years. On Fire.
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Vanishing Twin’s The Age of Immunology is a beautiful tent, held up by two mighty poles. Those poles are singer Cathy Lucas and bassist Susumu Mukai. Between them they cover the top and bottom end of Vanishing Twin’s song, Lucas with beautiful ethereal vocals, Mukai with lithe and assertive bass. Having these two relatively stable ends gives the rest of the band the freedom to experiment with the confidence that things won't come crashing down. See the swaying synths, or the beautiful flute melodies, or the gentle xylophones. It means they can transition from exotica of ‘The Age of Immunology’ to the much more straightforwardly poppy ‘Magician’s Success’ without missing a beat.
And though they aren’t as vital to the songs as Lucas and Mukai, all credit to the rest of the band. The Age of Immunology is an incredibly pleasant album to listen to, and that’s in large part thanks to the playful restraint that leads to all those strange and pleasant sounds to turn up on here. But even Vanishing Twin have to deal with a bit of chaos. The album’s closer ‘Language Is A City (Let Me Out!)’ is the closest the band get to something stressful. The bass is more taut, the synths less controlled, the result a messy release that follows 9 tracks of them holding it all in. But even here the palette is warm and welcoming. It’s almost like some of The Age of Immunology was recorded on some beautiful Croatian island that has the power to make your problems seems smaller. Wait, it was?
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