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It's 1932 and Danish film director Carl Theodor is making a movie of a grim tale for both French and German audiences. To get over the language barrier he decides to have the majority of dialogue on silent movie title cards. Imagine the scene, you're sleepy, you're in a strange house, you doze. You wake as a man places a package on the table with a note instructing it should be opened only on his death. He vanishes. Inevitably you're lured to a castle, the man is shot, you open the package, it's a book about horrific demons called Vampyrs. The castle is manned by servants – there are also two sisters (one with bite wounds, the other in a trance-like stupor), a doctor and an old woman complete the cast. There's a blood transfusion to save one of the sisters followed by a dream like sequence where you're buried alive.
80 years later psychedelic dreampop group Death and Vanilla offers up a semi-improvised performance during a screening of Vampyr at Fantastisk Filmfestival in Lund on October 23, 2012. Typically a duo, this particular recording finds the group fleshed out to a quintet with organs, glockenspiel, vibraphonette, moog, samples, bass, guitar and zither. The album is slow to unfurl and carefully executed, brilliantly evoking it's grim subject matter and ominous tone. The music was originally issued in a super rare edition of 150 blood red cassettes in 2013. Now re-issued as a colored double vinyl package, Vampyr is full of "eerie haunted ambience" (The Guardian), an atmospheric and spaced out 78 minutes infused with an unnerving sonic vibe that sticks in the psyche.