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Vanishing Twin / Choose Your Own Adventure / Soundway

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When Cathy Lucas made public the first video (1) from her Malcolm Catto-produced Vanishing Twin project I made allusions to Broadcast, Stereolab and Death & Vanilla. A session with whole LP adds an entire room full of references. “Vanishing Twin Syndrome” puts Neu!, via Cavern Of Anti-matter`s (2) clanking Kosmische, through the Silver Apples` “Simeon” (3) – xylophone solos, sax manipulations and oscillation breakdowns. “Telescope” has the Pale Saints (4) turn Lee Hazlewood (5) into lava lamp, space age bachelor pad psychedelia. `50s and `60s Sci-Fi soundtracks mix with New York Fluxus (6) drone. Percussion tumbles through tunnels of throbbing low end, scoring dreams of pursuit. Sun Ra-like (7) enigmatic words of wisdom intone from a pitch ocean of ethereal sirens` calls. Flute, piano, tabla, harp, cello, Arthur Lee-guitar figures (8), an orchestra / arkestra, float in a universe of womb-like bass. In places “Choose Your Own Adventure” recalls the spooked Folk of Catto`s Heliocentrics reworking Nico (9). In others it pairs the mind-altering experiments of The Host`s “Esalen Lectures” (10) with swinging Jazz strangeness and Ken Nordine countdowns (11). The title track gives Wendy & Bonnie (12) a funky drummer, has Joe Byrd & his Field Hippies (13) engaged in White Noise`s love without sound (14), out on the high-wire of the metaphysical circus.

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