REVIEW: Vatican Shadow’s “Remember Your Black Day”

 photo VaticanShadow_cover_zpsdab69340.jpg Dominick Fernow travels to and into a lot of territories through his music and he has returned with another release as Vatican Shadow. For Remember Your Black Day (Hospital Productions) he creates the kind of electronic music that one could compare to incidental music by the likes of Vangelis and Giorgio Moroder. Because of this, one may think in cinematic terms when it comes to these songs, or in that you’ll listen to the depth of these tracks and hear them become a part of movie scenes. To add to this, Fernow gives them song titles that may or may not apply to the influences that went into creating these tracks, it could easily be for shock value. When one makes songs called “Not The Son Of Desert Storm, But The Child Of Chechnya”, “Contractor Corpses Hung Over The Euphrates River”, or “Jet Fumes Above The Reflecting Pool”, you can choose to question it, laugh at the dark and perhaps sick humor of it all, or just listen and interpret as you wish. Or not interpret. A number of songs are saturated with deep beats and rhythms, which leaves them open up for possible remixes if Fernow was open to that and it would be interested to see where others would take it, but I’m comfortable with the places visited by the Vatican Shadow moniker. I like being able to move closer to or staying as far away from it as I can.

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RECORD CRACK: Vatican Shadow to release cassette albums as 3 LP set

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For almost two years, Hospital Productions has been releasing music by Vatican Shadow, a new project from Dominick Fernow, known in noise, experimental, and avant-garde circles as Prurient. As Vatican Shadow, Ferbow has been exploring the electronic and dance side of his interests, perhaps distant from his Prurient work but very part a part of his passion to create the unexpected. It Stands To Conceal will be a 3-record set consisting of albums originally released on cassette: Jordanian Descent, Ghosts Of Chechnya, and Atta’s Apartment Slated For Demolition. Keeping with the theme of the music, only 911 copies of this album are being made, with the first 119 copies on red, white and blue vinyl, packaged in a gatefold sleeve. The album is scheduled for release in mid to late December, although with holiday mail and possible delays, it may not arrive until early January. Pre-orders are being taken now, head over to Hospital Productions for details.