Medallion Sounds continues its philosophy of bringing a discerning variety of sounds to the label with their latest signing, Vandemons.
A collaboration between two artists living in the same world from two different countries - Australia and Singapore - Dee Norris and Vanessa Fernandez a.k.a. Vandetta first met in the Malaysian jungle where they spent 10 days jamming at the beginning of 2016. Over the course of a year the duo remotely refined their musical collaboration anchored around an experimentation in rhythm & melody. Thus the Self Titled EP was born.
Real world life had an influence on the world of Vandemons. A drummer/producer with hard-hitting releases was exploring polyrhythms in music while a soulful singer wrote rhymes about social issues, power and finding inner strength.
Exploring the visual representation of two rebels battling using music in a way that’s both focused and instinctive or, “music as weaponry” as vocalist, Vandetta, describes it, is EP artwork creator, Jeff Read.
The Rorschache cum insect-like picture that is both symmetrical as it explores asymmetry, prompts the viewer to a mindful and open discussion of Vandemons multi-layered music.
The Self Titled EP is full of fast/slow and hard/soft. It slips through interconnected synth beats that take influence from hip-hop, footwork, pop, and the underground beats scene. The crushing and futuristic sounds of this self-aware production draw from the past yet sits and looks towards the alternate future. Vanessa’s pure soul energy carries this EP through from start to finish. Connecting the dots between its subtleties and stand out moments.