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Vatican Shadow
Rubbish Of The Floodwaters


Some resurrect themselves after near-death experiences in politics,
while others continue to appear politically alive even when they have actually died.

In time for the 20th anniversary of his label Hospital Productions, Dominick Fernow offers the first release of his Techno-focused moniker Vatican Shadow on Ostgut Ton, following up on his Berghain residency and joining Ostgut Booking in 2016 with his Vatican and Prurient projects.

The Cocteau Twins/This Mortal Coil-channelling, beatless widescreen opener “They Deserve Death” and the two collateral club/dancefloor tracks “Rubbish Of The Floodwaters” and “Weapons Inspection” offset each other by reincarnating the tape manipulation that laid the foundation of Vatican’s first performances with analog hardware and minimalist midi-dissection. Produced in Los Angeles with Josh Eustis, Vatican Shadow’s Rubbish Of The Floodwaters EP casts a full spectrum picture of where the project was born and where it headed.

Special focus was put on this EP’s artwork, contributed by Berlin-based photographer Christian Vagt, taken from his Softex series. With Softex Vagt documents the military and police-run refugee camp located on the industrial diaspora near Thessaloniki. Vagt's photograph of Softex' concealing but sheer fence extends Vatican Shadow's recontextualisation of newspaper, military and religious quotes, cementing the sound storage medium of vinyl as a mixed media art object, colligating Vagt’s motif from Softex with Vatican Shadow’s ‘media blackout/silence’.

Vatican Shadow | They Deserve Death


01. They Deserve Death
02. Rubbish Of The Floodwaters

03. Weapons Inspection


Christian Vagt [Photography] | Yusuf Etiman [Layout]


CGB at Dubplates & Mastering, Berlin

Release date

May 12, 2017

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