Boomkat Product Review:
Afro-Latin and library-skooled space-age/lounge styles from Valentina Magaletti's Vanishing Twin, starring a stellar cast on a finely accomplished 3rd album, highly recommended to the spectral/motorik crew, from Broadcast to Stereolab.
Led by Magaletti (Moin) and Cathy Lucas (Interspace Orchestra), and guided by library boffin Phil M.F.U. (Man From Uranus, Broadcast), and anchored with tight bass by Susumu Mukai (Floating Points); the band arrive with serious credentials and patently live up to them with the sort of uchronic, hauntological album that smudges and warps the timeline between the ‘60s and now with supremely crafty production at the service of a timeless sound.
With reference points ranging from Broadcast to Sun Ra to Alice Coltrane, Martin Denny to Morricone, Can’s Holger Czukay to meditative Gamelan, The Free Design and Piero Umiliani, the UK based ensemble cycle through space and time in a disciplined but loose form, hustling shimmering cinematic lounge vibes in opener ‘Big Moonlight’ and carried by Mukai’s stretchy bass goop and hovering Hammond organ on ‘Phase One Million’ to killer space breaks that speak to Magaletti and Catto’s class in ‘Zuum’ and the vocodered charm ‘Light vessel’, while ’Tub Erupt’ feels like a darker sibling to Antena.