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About Death And Vanilla

With a sound that marries vintage keyboards to subdued psychedelic pop with heavy soundtrack and dream pop influences, the Swedish duo Death and Vanilla picked up the torch that bands like Broadcast and Stereolab carried so well in the '90s and 2000s. Formed in the town of Malmö, Sweden by Marleen Nilsson and Anders Hansson, the pair debuted on record with a self-titled four-song EP in 2010. Using vintage instruments including Moog synths and Mellotrons, their sound was dreamlike and very precise at once. They returned in 2012 with a self-titled full-length album, which like the previous EP was released by Hands in the Dark Records. That same year the band was invited by the Lund Fantastisk Film Festival to provide the live soundtrack for a screening of Carl Theodor Dreyers' 1932 horror movie Vampyr, for which they expanded the group's lineup to include Magnus Bodin on Moog and Petter Herbertsson on bass and glockenspiel, with Magnus Westerholm providing vibraphonette and percussion. The music was recorded and released on cassette in 2013 by the Moon Glyph label.

After releasing the "From Above" single in 2013, the duo caught the ear of Fire Records, who signed them as they began work on their next album. Working in their rehearsal space, Nilsson and Hansson recorded their songs on one microphone only, a Sennheiser from the '70s they found for cheap at a flea market. Named after Maurice Sendak's classic children's book, To Where the Wild Things Are was released on vinyl and CD by Fire in May of 2015. That same year, the trio of Nilsson, Hansson, and Bodin appeared at the Cinemascore festival in Spain to provide live accompaniment to a screening of the Roman Polanski film The Tenant. In 2016, Fire reissued Death and Vanilla's first album and an expanded version of their debut EP. The band maintained a slate of live appearances, and in 2017 contributed a cover of Bert Jansch's "Moonshine" for Fire's Lost Library EP. Also that year, Fire reissued Death and Vanilla's Vampyr soundtrack on vinyl LP, and the label issued a recording of the group's score for The Tenant in early 2018. ~ Tim Sendra

Malmö, Sweden

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