RIYL: Broadcast, Stereolab, The United States of America, soft cushions and heavy blankets
Label: Fire Records
Hands down one of theĀ most beautiful albums Iāve encountered.
Death And VanillaĀ has been steadily building a reputation for their unique and haunting blend of moody dream-pop, psychedelic and experimental baroque-pop. They’ve branded thisĀ kraut-lullabiesĀ , and as the term tells they do indeed know how to lock-up a groove. Once locked, old analogue synths/organs, vibraphonette, buzzy-fuzz guitars and hazy vocals flow in and out of the soundscapes, usually drenched in reverb and flanger.Ā Their sound isĀ full of exquisite surprises, and in many ways fills the gap caused by the absence of new material by Broadcast and Stereolab.
Their 2nd albumĀ āTo Where The Wild Things AreāĀ dropped via Fire Records back in -15, a deep maelstrom of moody, haunting tunes. Ā After countless spins it never ceases to amaze me, and I always keep this album close to myĀ Ā deck.
Fire Records recently droppedĀ this beautifulĀ repress on Transparent Vinyl,Ā afterĀ selling out of the previousĀ Blue, Orange and Black. This variant is noteably the most limited to date, with only 500 copies pressed!
DEATH AND VANILLA ā TO WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE ā LIMITED EDITION TRANSPARENT VINYL
Formed in Malmo, Sweden by Marleen Nilsson and Anders Hansson, Death and Vanilla utilise vintage musical equipment such as vibraphone, organ, mellotron, tremolo guitar and moog, to emulate the sounds of 60s/70s soundtracks, library music, German Krautrock, French Ye-ye pop and 60s psych. Theyrevel in the warmth of older analogue instruments to create a more organic sound, each loose wire and off-kilter noise adding to the rich atmosphere.
After a handful of successful releases including a debut EP in 2010, their self-titled LP in 2012 ā which sold out on pre-order ā and a beautifully designed 7ā³ single, the experimental pop duo were invited to compose a live soundtrack for the classic horror film, Vampyr (1932), for the Lund Fantastisk Film festival in Lund. Now, newly signed to Fire, the band return with āTo Where The Wild Things Are.ā Named after the Maurice Sendak childrenās book, the album is comprised of pop music with a wild, dreamy and experimental edge, celebrating imagination and the ability to travel to stranger recesses of the mind.
āWhere the Wild Things Areā starts off with some of the most āpopā songs theyāve ever recorded, typified in the sweet and melodramatic āArcanaā, and theclassic pop inspired āTime Travelā. Like Sendakās book of the same name, the album then proceeds into stranger and stranger territory, resulting in some of the most experimental material Death and Vanilla have produced, such as the six minute āSomething Unknown You Need to Knowā and the machine-like, surf-guitar track āThe Hidden Reverseā.
The band recorded the new album themselves in their rehearsal space, using just one microphone ā a 70ās Sennheiser ā which they bought at a flea market for a tenner. It is this unconventional recording process that gives Death and Vanilla their unique personality; using a trial and error approach to recording has rewarded the album with a strangeness that would not have otherwise been achievable.
Creating deliciously enticing soundscapes, full of moody moogs, swirling melodies and breathless vocals, their influences on āTo Where the Wild Things Areā are apparent and diverse, ranging from Ennio Morricone to Scott Walker, Tom Dissevelt to Norman Whitfield, The Zombies to Sun Ra, and Bo Hansson to TheBBC Radiophonic workshop.
- Maybe Buy
- Not My Style
- Too Expensive