ALBUM REVIEW: Vanishing Twin – Afternoon X | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: 06.10.23






Since debuting with 2016’s Choose Your Own Adventure, Vanishing Twin have occupied a worthy musical niche – namely that in the absence of a new Stereolab album, we might as well enjoy the next best thing. Even against this somewhat cynical framing, however, the band’s fourth full-length feels like a significant breakthrough.

Concocted by a slimmed creative core of vocalist Cathy Lucas, percussionist Valentina Magaletti and bassist Susumu Mukai, Afternoon X is a masterclass in minimal kosmisch; playful, audacious and remarkably self-assured; driven by curiosity and a process which values the journey over the destination. It makes for a frequently surprising, wholly engrossing experience – by some distance the group’s most singular, experimental and best record to date.


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