Vive la Void is the brainchild of Sanae Yamada, co-founder and keyboard player of Moon Duo. With a debut solo album slated for release via Sacred Bones on May 4 the artist has just shared “Red Rider” the lead track from the self-titled collection. There’s a video too, which you can watch below.
Much like Yamada’s work with Moon Duo the foundation of the music sits on electronic treatments, steady beats and a bewitching other-worldliness. However, this is another other-world. The treatments are more esoteric, and the beats drive hard – but beneath the surface of things. Instrumentally, “Red Rider” is a track the shimmers like wet coal – it’s dark but it shines. The rewards from hitting ‘replay’ are not small. This track can blot out things less beautiful.
Yamada delivers words and phrases like spells. She whispers low in the mix. There are details of visions, and things like secrets are shared, but where the music is crisp and certain the vocal delivery draws you close into a mist. This opaque approach to messaging makes the experience more magical, and the spell to draw you in is strong. Shit is not what it seems.
Speaking of the track Yamada said, “The lyrics were a way of reckoning with my own memories and also of trying to process my reactions to the human situation…I wanted the voice to have a kind of ghostly quality, to emerge from and recede back into the song, or to pass over it like weather. It’s one of many layers of sound, which are meant to blend together in such a way that on one listen you might hear one thing, and on another listen you might hear something else, so the music seems to change even as it stays the same.”
With a video that details some serious back-yard voodoo – painted nails, a psychedelic swimming pool, and swirls of smoke – “Red Rider” shows the sensibility of Vive La Void. She is intent on unlocking the extraordinary from within the mundane. So far, so good.
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