Vortex Empath Xen (V.E.X.) Share First Two Singles – “Demon Dimension” & “Split Orb” from New album Out on Psychic Eye 3/27

The post-punk, industrial-inspired queer duo V.E.X. is at it again with their new full length.

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Vortex Empath Xen plays Oakland 3/27 w/ False Figure @ Elbo Room Jack London. Oakland

 VORTEX EMPATH XEN “Between Worlds”,  which comes out 3/27 on Oakland’s own Psychic Eye. Here we bring you an exclusive stream of the first two singles, “Split Orb” and “Demon Dimension” V.E.X. further develops their ever-evolving sound with dark these two powerful post-industrial / post-rock tracks, utilizing all of their signature sonic elements;  arpeggiated bass and synth lines, funky, chaotic melodies, complex arranging, pummeling drum machines, buzzing horns, mangled samples, angular, distorted, blown-out guitar, and everything gelled together with the duo’s iconic evocative vocal styles, which skate atop the cauldron of twisted sounds perfectly and solidify their art as one of the hardest to quantify into a single genre, V.E.X can simply not be defined in this way.  If you remember, we reviewed the duo’s other project MOIRA SCAR “Wound World Part 1” (also released by Psychic Eye) and you can read that here and order the CD, at the same time your hopefully ordering this one, which held a similar complexity, however “Between Worlds” takes the creativity to another undiscovered level. Sonically, the duo is at times more post-punk, at times, more experimental and always pulling from a queer, post-industrial framework, VE.X. is constantly shifting and re-adapting their sound and visions to the cutting edge of a  violent world. From the band:

Demon Dimension is a Deep Delve into Depressive Paranoiac Mind traps Human brain like hamster on wheel spinning around it’s cage for eternity.Discordant screams waking in a nightmare.”     – Lucifer Gamma Ray  & Roxzan Zatan

Lucifer Gammaray and Roxzan Zatan split vocal duties on this pair of singles, undulating between a more operatic style such as found on the break of “Split Orb” or like the orator of controlled chaos, the singing/screaming dichotomy on  “Demon Dimension” increases the intensity in a very real and visceral way. After only hearing the first two tracks, we know “Between Worlds” is going to be an underground queer staple of post-rock/post-industrial.

“Split Orb is a journey across time and space from within/outsider/multiplxpersonaliti cell/root/complex, we are growing into new beings, what we have been what we are becoming, change is the moment, hybrid hubris, we are flesh channels for source/spirit, we are unbecoming.” –  Roxzan Zatan & Lucifer Gamma Ray

 

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PREORDER NOW from: Psychic Eye Records

LISTEN LIVE: V.E.X. Plays Elbo Room Jack London 3/27 with Mystic Priestess,  False Figure &  more. 

 

 

 

DECAYCAST Premieres: ELIZEBETH OWEN “Still Coming Of Age” – Listen Now!

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We’re excited to premiere “Still Coming Of Age”  from Grimalkin collective member Elizabeth Owens. On this four  song acoustic/unplugged, Owens offers four serene, morose,  compositions accented by lush vocal layerings which blend with the  strings perfectly. Owens at once crafts a warming mix of voice, strings and piano for a enchanting effect on the listener. Somewhere between modern classical and neo-folk,  Owens stripped down compositions offer a  glimpse into a distant unknown land we aren’t quite familiar with yet. Owens holds a dramatic tension between the different elements, perhaps most effectively in favorite track Growing Pain (unplugged) where Owens begins to  channel a Meredith Monk esque vibe, between voice and keys which is no small  feat, nor familiar territory for most. A splendid ending to a starkly minimal and  strong EP. Listen now in full below and pick up the album today .

Elizabeth Owens (they/them) lives in Richmond, VA and is a Grimalkin collective member. Still Coming of Age is the unplugged baby sister of Elizabeth Owens’ debut record, Coming of Age, released in September 2018. Available digitally and on limited edition lathe cut and cassette, this 4 track release includes unique, unplugged versions of songs from the original album and a new track titled “Rabbits.”  Arranged for piano, Celtic harp and voice, “Still Coming of Age” offers a glimpse of the musical direction Owens is taking next, while thematically symbolizing Elizabeth’s personal saga with alcohol abuse and recent recovery. A purchase of Still Coming of Age on lathe or cassette includes the full debut record, Coming of Age, as a bonus download. Still Coming of Age will be available on limited edition cassette and 10″ lathe cut. Proceeds from cassettes and digital only will go to the Virginia Anti-Violence Project.