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Oblique pop ensemble Vanishing Twin formed in 2015 over a love of unusual instruments, freaky records and the irresistible seduction of A Good Groove. Founder Cathy Lucas, after releasing a string of conceptual cassettes on her own RAM* label under the name Orlando, put a band together and named it after her Vanishing Twin, a sister absorbed in utero, when they were both still a cluster of cells. She is joined by drummer Valentina Magaletti (Tomaga, Shit and Shine, Raime, Neon Neon), bassist Susumu Mukai (A.K.A. primitive electronic producer Zongamin), 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.

Last year the band teamed up with producer Malcolm Catto (Heliocentrics, Gaslamp Killer) and wrapped their songs in layers of otherness and sub-aquatic obscurity. The resulting debut LP was released on Soundway on 30th September 2016.

Championed by Gilles Peterson and made album of the week on his BBC Radio show, check the review at The Quietus, and listen to the record here:

*Full name: The Association for the Re-Alignment of Magnetic Dust, which can be found here:


Play Time in THE QUIETUS top 40 splits (with TOMAGA), reissues and compilations of 2015
BOTH BARS ON top 30 of 2015: “Out in the space forest, the neon frogs are looking for romance to a bossanova beat, before boarding the interstellar cruise.”
KIBLIND: “Orlando nous projette dans les méandres de la troisieme dimension”
INTERVIEW with Music Culture Vision:

“experimental synth sounds and eclectic sampling, pinned together by space-age melodies” NME

Live shows in 2015:

29.03.15  The Lexington London, with Jane Weaver.
17.04.15 The Lexingotn London, with Wire.
02.07.15 Bohemian, Calgiari, IT
03.07.15 Sa Spendulla, Villacidro, IT
04.07.15 Frames, Fordongianus, IT
11.07.15 Dalston Music Festival, London, UK
23.07.15 Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club, London, with Laetitia Sadier.
22.08.15 Contrapop Festival, Ramsgate, UK
05.09.15 Wysing Arts Festival, Cambridge, UK
06.09.15 Festival Number 6, Portmerion, UK
18.09.15 Le Lieu Unique, Nantes, FR
20.09.15 Incubate Festival, Tilburg, NL

Million Dollar Mermaid – an outtake from the forthcoming LP:

Theme for a Telepathic Amphibian – music video by Julian Hand:

Theme for a telepathic Amphibian – Orlando live in Febuary 2015

Live booking: