Just in time for the 20th birthday of his label Hospital Productions, Dominick Fernow released his first release under his techno alias Vatican Shadow on Ostgut Ton, following the last year of his Berghain residency and joining the Ostgut Booking Agency with his Vatican and Prurient projects.
The Cocteau Twins / This Mortal Coil-evocative, beat-free, opening play “They Deserve Death,” as well as the two collateral club / dancefloor-friendly tracks “Rubbish Of The Floodwaters” and “Weapons Inspection” are in dialogue with each other The tape processing technique, which laid the basis of Vatican’s first performances using analog hardware and minimalistic MIDI dissection. Produced in Los Angeles with Josh Eustis, Vatican Shadows’ Rubbish Of The Floodwaters EP is a picture of where the project began, and where the journey goes.
A special focus lies on this EP on the artwork, a work from the Softex series by Berlin-based photographer Christian Vagt . With Softex, Vagt documents the refugee camp of the same name, located on an industrial road near Thessaloniki. Vagt’s photography of Softex’s pervasive, yet transparent fence expands Vatican Shadows Recontextualization of quotations from news media, military and religious contexts, from the vinyl record vinyl becomes a mixed media art object, the Vags motif from Softex with Vatican Shadows concept of the media communication lock united.