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“THE THREE MOTHERS” bore its roots several years ago as a few disjointed keyboard-based loops in the Brooklyn apartment of Detroit-bred artist Nathaniel Shannon and the Vanishing Twin. Some feedback, extremely late nights, and a lyrical concept based on Dario Argento’s ‘Three Mothers” film trilogy later; and a record the artist never intended to write was born. Set for release on Halloween 2020 - the global year of the abyss - this Aqualamb Records limited edition cassette and digital download mirrors the darkness of the times.  
 
The songs began to lurk together as a triptych and an unhallowed dance of witches, given life by camaraderie forged in a bleak, disillusioned world. Desire is an otherworldly experience: when one takes time to observe it within themselves, we notice it comes from the void. We experience it when we surrender to the fact that we have control over our actions but not our longings. The spectrum of nostalgia includes fierce identity and a defense of self, down to the bitter pangs of grief and enduring ache for what is no longer or worse: what our deepest fears tell us will never come to be. 
 
In Shannon’s case, these archetypes come forward in the form of forbidden and fantastical inspired murmurs from the underworld. The voice of the necessary villain: screaming, feedback-laden guitars and live, battle-reflecting drums create a Plutonic aesthetic that invites the listener inward to the culling of a forsaken innocence. Argento’s witches are vile, yet fulfill their purpose as anyone or anything is meant to do. Written from within the molten crux of the enemy, “THE THREE MOTHERS” is a primordial fixation with the trilogy’s witches. Shannon’s vocals muffled by the murkiness that comes with seeking out a taboo reflection for our collective terror, sickness and obsessions are given rise by the comparatively ethereal wanderings of a darkly ambient score. 
 
“I secretly just wish I had the attention span and skillset of Jay Dilla, Prince Paul, the Rzarector, or DJ Paul, to get that mid-temp creep walk banging around your eardrums,” says Shannon, divulging the EP’s heavy hip-hop influence, acknowledging that it doesn’t sound like hip-hop at all, “because obviously it’s not hip-hop.”
 
While indeed not hip-hop at all, “THE THREE MOTHERS” is in fact collaborative in nature, featuring Fred Estby of Dismember fame on suspense-heightening drums. Mixed by Jeremy Page (That Handsome Devil, Kendra Morris, Czarface), mastered by Steve Austin (Today is the Day / Austin Enterprises), with unsettling background vocals by Damien Moyal (Culture, As Friends Rust, Damien Done), this EP encourages a constant resurrection of shadow, complemented by flickers of Latin chants provided by Bret Wisknewski, a Latin classicist and member of Watergate, Four Eyes, and Detroit’s ska cult The Parka Kings. 
 
“There are very few times that you listen to music and it’s something brand new. Something that has it’s own identity and style. Nathaniel Shannon’s new EP delivers a passionate dark dreamscape of life. His leathery dark vocals are ominous as the music that he creates. Close your eyes and you’re suddenly walking down a street with faceless people and distant sound of sirens.” – Steve Austin  (Today is the Day / Austin Enterprises)
 
A scorching soundtrack for the season in which the darkness supersedes the light, “THE THREE MOTHERS” is an initiated call to action for the exploration of our own villain, with no frail hopes for redemption. 

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released October 30, 2020

THE THREE MOTHERS:

written, performed & recorded:
nathaniel c. shannon.
angry simone studios, brooklyn.
NY. 2017-2019.

guitar, keys, vocals, programming:
nathaniel c. shannon.

drums:
fred etsby.
recorded at king killer studios,
brooklyn, NY. 2018.

guest vocals on mater suspirorum:
damien moyal.

latin reading:
bret wisnewski.

mixing:
jeremy page, brooklyn, NY. 2019.

mastering:
steve austin,
austin enterprises 2019.

album artwork and design:
nathaniel c. shannon.

thanks: fred etsby, damien moyal,
rachael salerno, ellen phillips,
amy campbell, jeremy page, steve austin,
dave graw, derek swanson, godmaker,
child bite, saint vitus bar,
eric/johnathan at aqualamb records.

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Nathaniel Shannon and the Vanishing Twin Brooklyn, New York

ISOLATION AND MENTAL LURKING THROUGH THINGS THAT MIGHT OR NOT BE REAL.
EVERYTHING IS ALWAYS YOUR FAULT, BECAUSE IT IS YOUR LIFE. NOT SOMEONE ELSES.

FOR FANS OF MARK LANEGAN WATCHING HORROR MOVIES PONDERING WHAT HEAVY MUSIC WOULD BE LIKE IF IT WASNT HEAVY.
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