Jain’s synth-pop style leans toward the experimental and post-punk, with electronic glitches folded seamlessly into the music and a creeping, noir feeling to the vocals. – Ad Hoc
Brooklyn-based graphic designer turned performance artist Vandana Jain shares her kinetic new single “Ecstatic” for stream and embed, announcing it as the first single from her forthcoming full-length debut ANTI VENUS. The track draws influences and sexual energy from liner notes found in Henry Miller’s classic Tropic of Cancer that particularly spoke to Jain, she describes the track as “lo-fi synth city lovers dance song with a flow-y, gushing groove” about “being gripped by madness over a freak like creature, me wanting to wholly consume and be consumed by him”.
Earlier this year, Vandana Jain premiered her visually striking video for “Men With Sticks” (WATCH) directed by friend and fashion photographer Bon Duke. The passionate track was taken from Jain’s debut Vandamner EP which she quietly self-released last year available now via her Bandcamp (HERE).
Raised in India and educated in London, Vandana Jain has collected an eclectic tapestry of both musical and aesthetic influences over the years, all of which find a place in the music. Everything from Portishead to Pink Floyd, the rave scene in London and Indian pop music lend to her layered style of glitchy beats, electronic swells and heavy psych rock flares that lay beneath Jain’s emotive front and center vocal play.
Although the project is primarily a solo effort, her live set includes a rotating cast of musicians and artists. Most recently Vandana teamed up with Yusuke Yamamoto, a New York based artist and musician. Together they re-worked the set with live vocals over thick club beats and spontaneous loops for her monthly residency spot at East Village club NUBLU, as well as Brooklyn side mainstays like 285 Kent, Cameo Gallery and The Rock Shop.
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“Men With Sticks” video on PAPERMAG
Interview on LADYGUNN
“Men With Sticks” video on Art Wednesday