Brooklyn-based graphic designer turned performance artist Vandana Jain shares her seductive new single “Mask” today, the second offering from her forthcoming full-length debut ANTI VENUS due out 10/1. The multi-tiered track follows not only movements through glitchy soundscapes and textured beats, it also shifts through sprawling emotional conflict; Jain says the new single covers “angst, irritation, ghosts, masked attitudes, self scrutiny and finally, there is hope”.
“Mask” is Jain’s follow up to her first single from the record “Ecstatic” (STREAM) and her visually striking video for “Men With Sticks” (WATCH) directed by friend and fashion photographer Bon Duke. That 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, live Vandana teams 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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