Featuring a cast of Flying Nun alumni (The Subliminals, avoid!avoid!), new experimental project Vor-stellen (Brendan Moran, Stephen Reay and Jared Johanson) have announced their debut release, Parallelograms, which is out via Flying Nun Records both digitally and on gatefold double vinyl LP on September 8th, 2023.
Vor-stellen is an experimental group that blends fixated guitars and drums with looped ad-hoc electronic layers producing perforated waves of uncanny vanishing sound which echoes off the fourth wall. Vor-stellen have set forth on an exploration, folding the weird and the eerie into a dark ecology of long-sound via indefatigable environments of modulation and improvisation, creating sonic counterpoints that hinge on a reanimation of musical gestures.
Steve Reay and Brendan Moran have worked together previously as avoid!avoid (their album Particle and Wave was released by Flying Nun in 2016) and with Jared Johanson as part of The Subliminals, from whom Flying Nun re-released a vinyl edition of their highly acclaimed album United State in 2021. In a way Vor-stellen picks up where their other projects have left off as they seek to transform pre-determined ideas of music into open-ended sound objects, untethered from any sense of homeliness.
As a project that dives head first into long-form experimentation, Parallelograms features four sonically rich tracks. The first, released today, is the sonorous, driving and all-encompassing ‘Grønland’. The hypnotizing track politely nods to kosmische musik, and shows utmost patience in the lead up to a noisy apex. The video for ‘Grønland’ was edited by Steve Reay with Graham Nesbitt, with videography by Paul Chamberlain.
With just one track per vinyl side, Vor-stellen are releasing their debut in a very special gatefold jacket, with 180g double LP. Available both physically and digitally, Parallelograms is out September 8th, 2023 via Flying Nun Records.
Folding of the Time
Catch Vor-stellen at their next live show at Whammy Bar on 18th August, alongside Hail, Meteor! and Celine. Tickets available here.