For all its gut-punch aesthetics, the debut album by Melbourne duo Vacuum is alive with refreshing wit. Its elliptical industrial songs apply a piquant buzz to contemporary experimental electronic music. Comprised of stalwart musicians Andrea Blake and Jenny Branagan, you can feel Vaccum's distinct sense for physicality throughout Vacuum. Sub-bass shudders through its veins; remixes by Lakker and Sow Discord add high-frequency electricity. Sleekly built but coarse in texture, Vacuum makes hard graft feel like a walk in the park.
*please note tracks 9 & 10 are only available on the digital album.
released February 18, 2022
We recognise the owners of the land on which we conceived and recorded this album as the
Wurundjeri and Bunurong people of the East Kulin Nation. We acknowledge that sovereignty of this
country was never ceded, and the brutality of colonisation actively continues in practice and policy
to the present-day.
Dredd, Between, Resonate, I’ll Call You and Pulse written and performed by VACUUM (Andrea Blake
and Jenny Branagan). Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream) written by Cindy Walker/EMI
performed by VACUUM.
Dredd written by VACUUM and remixed by Sow Discord.
Pulse written by VACUUM and remixed by Lakker.
Call Me (Ela Stiles Remix) written by VACUUM and remixed by Ela Stiles.
Resonate (Deadverse Remix) written by VACUUM and remixed by Dälek.
Recorded and mixed by Josh Wells, Naarm/Melbourne, April 2021.
Dredd, Between, Resonate, I’ll Call You, Pulse, Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream) and Pulse
(Lakker Remix) mastered by Enyang Urbiks, Berlin, June 2021.
Dredd (Sow Discord Remix) recorded by Tom Hardisty, Naarm/Melbourne, 2015 and mastered by
John Flynn (Balance Mastering), London, 2015.
Call Me (Ela Stiles Remix) mastered by Ruby Burns, Naarm/Melbourne, 2021.
Resonate (Deadverse Remix) remixed by Dälek at Deadverse Studios III, Union City NJ, 2021.
Cover image 'Conoscere' by Ali McCann
Portrait by Nicole Reed
Design by Luke Fraser at Grin Creative
Project coordination by Annalee Koernig
Series curated and produced by Miles Brown
Co-released by Heavy Machinery Records and It Records