Sanae Yamada as Vive La Void signed with Sacred Bones earlier this year, and boy, can she scare the heck out us at CHF. We might be wimps, but Sanae, with this new song and video is like watching our time in the afterlife. If that afterlife had Sanae in it, and a pool, and some awesome but mysterious stares.
And we love it.
As the second half of Moon Duo, Yamada is a unique musician and artist. Just very much quirky, but very much so inspired.
“The lyrics were a way of reckoning with my own memories and also of trying to process my reactions to the human situation,” Yamada explains.
“I wanted the voice to have a kind of ghostly quality, to emerge from and recede back into the song, or to pass over it like weather. It’s one of many layers of sound, which are meant to blend together in such a way that on one listen you might hear one thing, and on another listen you might hear something else, so the music seems to change even as it stays the same.”
On May 4th, she’ll be releasing her maiden publication with Sacred Bones and her synthesizers and vocal stylings should take psychedelia and synthpop to another level of Dante’s Inferno. The atmosphere is dark, grey, and ambiguous – her music is scintillating with an extra sauce of Sriracha for good measure. It’s that dull pain you feel, after the hit to the head.
The video is a collaboration between the experimental playwright and theater director Tina Satter (of Half-Straddle), filmmaker Nick Zeig-Owens, costume designer Enver Chakartash and Vive la Void’s Sanae Yamada. It was shot over two days in Riverside, CA, with a cast that features performance artist Jibz Cameron (aka Dynasty Handbag), dancer and choreographer Jennie Liu (Grand Lady Dance House) and Screenwriter/Actor Guinevere Turner (Go Fish, The L Word, American Psycho, The Notorious Bettie Page).
Looking forward to even more.
Vive la Void – Vive la Void (Track List):
Vive la Void Live Dates
March 23 – Portland, OR – Kenton Club w/ Crosss
April 6 – Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios w/ The Soft Moon
April 14 – Bellingham, WA – The Shakedown
April 27 – Austin, TX – Levitation Austin