RIYL: Broadcast, Stereolab, The United States of America, soft cushions and heavy blankets
Label: Fire Records
Swedenâs dream-pop/psych/kraut-lullaby groupÂ Death and VanillaÂ recorded this semi-improvised live performance during the screening of Carl Theodor Dreyers classic horror movie Vampyr (1932) at Fantastisk Filmfestival in Lund, Sweden 2012.09.23. The result is quite a breathtaking, cinematic moody affair, with organs, glockenspiel, vibraphonette, moog, samples, bass, guitar and zither.Â
Originally released on Cassette back in -13 by Moon Glyph, and later on Blood Red Vinyl via Kalligrammofon Records (both longtime OOP), this gem is now getting a Deluxe repress of 500 copiesÂ on Black and White Marbled Vinyl via Fire Records.
DEATH AND VANILLA â VAMPYR â (DELUXE VERSION)
Pre-order today through Norman Records.
Itâs 1932 and Danish film director Carl Theodor is making a movie of a grim tale for both French and German audiences. To get over the language barrier he decides to have the majority of dialogue on silent movie title cards.
Imagine the scene, youâre sleepy, youâre in a strange house, you doze. You wake with as a man places a package on the table with a note instructing it should be opened only on his death. He vanishes.
Inevitably youâre lured to a castle, the man is shot, you open the package, itâs a book about horrific demons called vampyrs. The castle is manned by servants â there are also two sisters (one with bite wounds, the other in a trance-like stupor), a doctor and an old woman complete the cast. Thereâs a blood transfusion to save one of the sisters followed by a dream like sequence where youâre buried alive. Itâs a cliff hanger, weâll leave it thereâŠ
Some 70 years later, whatâs needed is a band who used to rehearse above a cemetery in Malmo to play live on Halloweâen at the Fantastisk Filmfestival, Lunds Stadsteater. One year to the day later, they release the music in a now super rare limited edition of 150 blood red cassettes.
Enter âlush and envelopingâ (Â© The Wire) Death And Vanilla.
Now re-issued as a double vinyl package, âVampyrâ is full of âeerie haunted ambienceâ (Â©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.
But beware, they walk among us.
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