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London supergroup Vanishing Twin have recently announced the release of a new album. Entitled Ookii Gekkou, the record arrives on October 15th through Fire Records. The now quartet of songwriter, singer and multi-instrumentalist Cathy Lucas, drummer Valentina Magaletti, bassist Susumu Mukai, and synth/guitar player Phil MFU continues to push their boundaries, drawing influences from afrofunk, outer jazz and avant-garde. They cite various influential references from Sun Ra to Alice Coltrane, Martin Denny to Morricone, Can’s Holger Czukay to meditative Gamelan, or The Free Design, to library music of the late ‘60s and early ‘70s.
The wondrous and otherworldly ‘Big Moonlight (Ookii Gekkou)’ is the first single to emerge from the upcoming album and “tells the chaotic story of rock torn away from the earth’s outer layer and its gradual falling into the patterns that give us moon phases”, as the press release describes. The track has been paired with a clay animated music video made by Daisy Dickinson. “We asked Daisy to take the being from the cover of our album and make it move, grow, stretch, multiply and merge with other objects”, explained Vanishing Twin. “Hypnotised by the moon, the being plays in a strange landscape populated by other mysterious objects and characters.”
Watch the video below.