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elan vital - shadow self (12inch vinyl lp)


ARTIST // elan vital
LABEL // occultation (uk)
CAT // poseid7e049lp


LP version. Élan Vital -- comprising Renee Barrance (keyboards, vocals), Danny Brady (synths, drum machines, live mixing) and Nikolai Sim (bass) -- formed in 2015 in Dunedin's None Gallery, an undefined artist-run creative community which is also the home of Death And The Maiden. The expression Élan Vital describes the vital force. The music on Shadow Self seems to symbolize that life impulse in an ambiguous zone between machine and human worlds. Their sound blends keyboards, evoking psychedelic organ sounds of 1960s garage rock, together with contemporary European synth-pop dance music, layered on analog drum machines. Distorted, overdriven bass guitar adds a further element of chaos into the mix. Feedback-strafed soundtrack instrumentals for imaginary dystopian sci-fi films bloom into uplifting and gloomy melodic dream-pop catharsis about memory, longing, and obsession.