Drawing on sounds outside of the usual pop vocabulary, Vanishing Twin use forgotten drum machines, home-made electronics, vibraphones, tablas, and harp to invoke the esoteric psychedelia of lost soundtracks, radiophonic experiments and minimal music orchestras.
Vanishing Twin is made up of singer Cathy Lucas (Orlando) drummer Valentina Magaletti (Raime, Tomaga, Uuuu, Neon Neon), bassist Susumu Mukai (Zongamin, Floating Points), library music head Phil M.F.U. (Man From Uranus) on strange sounds, and film maker and visual artist Elliott Arndt on flute and percussion.
Formed in 2015, Vanishing Twin came together to make music that marries oblique English pop with a palette of arkestral sounds. Having previously released a string of conceptual cassettes under the name Orlando, founder Cathy Lucas (Innerspace Orchestra) named the group after her vanishing twin, an identical sister absorbed in utero, when they were both still a cluster of cells.
The band released their debut album 'Choose Your Own Adventure' on Soundway Records, enlisting the help of producer Malcolm Catto (Heliocentrics, DJ Shadow, The Gaslamp Killer). Recording the basis for eight tracks, they blended structure and improvisation in pop songs that describe a personal mythology through the adventures of Lucas' vanished twin.
".a record that completely defies genre, refusing to be pigeonholed." The Quietus on 'Choose Your Own Adventure'