Death And Vanilla – Rituals Music Video

Krautrock blends with pop on “Rituals,” the single from Death and Vanilla’s upcoming self-titled album. The Swedish duo’s video begins with a masquerade party, lulling one into a Eyes Wide Shut-type scenario of magick and mystery. As the track then progresses and speeds up, viewers are invited to descend down a black and white tunnel of geometries and fast cuts before everything tapers out again into mellow vibes and a burst of color. All of the footage is taken from five different art house productions and then manipulated by the band. Films are credited below.

The band tells REDEFINE a little bit about the creative process behind “Rituals” and how that ties in with the video:

“Rituals” is a quite hypnotic track as are the films in the video. There is a still and slow melody over an underlying restless rythm that gives this kind of haunting feel to the song. But there is nothing scary about it; it is just rhythm that never come to a rest… The musical elements of Rituals are collages of rythms and sampled sounds that we’ve put together almost at random and the song just emerged by itself almost. It’s the case of pieces falling to place by themselves.

Derek Jarman : Art Of Mirrors (1973)
Harry Smith : Early Abstractions (1946-57)
Georges Franju : Judex (1963)
Aldo Tambellini : ?
Marcel Duchamp : Anemic Cinema (1926)

Information about the album release is below!

01. Rituals
02. Dreams Of Sheep
03. Cul De Sac
04. The Somnambulists
05. The Unseeing Eye
06. From Elsewhere
07. Library Goblin
08. The Clearing
09. The Unseeing I

Release date: Tuesday, March 13th, 2012
Limited editions of 300 copies in 12″ yellow coloured vinyl and 150 Digipack CDs
Co-release with Hands In The Dark and Kalligrammofon.

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Vee Hua 華婷婷

Vee Hua 華婷婷 (they/them) is a writer, filmmaker, and organizer with semi-nomadic tendencies. Much of their work unifies their metaphysical interests with their belief that art can positively transform the self and society. They are the Editor-in-Chief of REDEFINE, Interim Managing Editor of South Seattle Emerald, and Co-Chair of the Seattle Arts Commission. They also previously served as the Executive Director of the interdisciplinary community hub, Northwest Film Forum, where they played a key role in making the space more welcoming and accessible for diverse audiences.

Vee has two narrative short films. Searching Skies (2017) touches on Syrian refugee resettlement in the United States; with it, they helped co-organize The Seventh Art Stand, a national film and civil rights discussion series against Islamophobia. Reckless Spirits (2022) is a metaphysical, multi-lingual POC buddy comedy for a bleak new era, in anticipation of a feature-length project.

Vee is passionate about cultural space, the environment, and finding ways to covertly and overtly disrupt oppressive structures. They also regularly share observational human stories through their storytelling newsletter, RAMBLIN’ WITH VEE!, and are pursuing a Master’s in Tribal Resource and Environmental Stewardship under the Native American Studies Department at the University of Minnesota.

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