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Valentina Veil of VV & The Void Wanders the Grounds of a Gothic Manor in her Video for “Grinder”

The music created by VV & The Void is focused on exploring the delicate balance between different forces, such as grace and imbalance, feminine and masculine, and lunar and solar energies. They also delve into the dichotomy of birth and death from an unconscious perspective. Their sound is often described as ethereal, gothic, minimal-drone, and noir, and their approach to these themes is subtle and nuanced.

In Grinder, their latest release from her album THE CAGE (out now via Icy Cold Records), Veil melds her tender vocals with an industrial Motorik rhythm, evoking the passage of time like a malfunctioning grandfather clock.The result creates an unsettling yet serene experience, similar to wandering through a lucid dream. The track is a blend of Kate Bush, The Knife, and Dead Can Dance yet stands out in its distinct atmospheric beauty.

The accompanying video mirrors this dreamlike quality, oscillating between a confined room and an expansive garden, with intermittent close-ups of lips. There is a visual nod here to Kate Bush’s classic take on Wuthering Heights, but the overall effect is trance-inducing, imbued with a witchy and surreal atmosphere that captivates the viewer with its hypnotic allure, reminiscent of the dramatic and gothic flair of the mad Miss Havisham and the tragic pathos of the Brontë sisters.  Unlike the relative whimsy of Kate Bush’s choreography, we really feel the confines of the psyche in Grinder.

Watch the video for “Grinder” below:

Valentina Veil started VV & The Void in Melbourne, Australia. After signing with LA-based label Cleopatra Records, they released their first full-length album The Upper Room in May 2018. Valentina Veil has written, recorded, and produced the album that was mixed by Lindsay Gravina (The Birthday Party, Swervedriver) at Birdland Studios, in Melbourne, Australia. The band toured extensively Europe and was invited by Chameleons Vox to join the UK leg of their tour 2018. Valentina Veil has also collaborated with Night Nail.

Listen to Grinder and order THE CAGE here:

After establishing themselves with two initial releases, VV & The Void embarked on a European tour, sharing stages with Chameleons Vox and gracing the lineup of WGT Leipzig in 2022. Now, in 2024, this gifted band is poised for a renaissance with their forthcoming album, preparing for European performances, notably including a slot at Castle Party in Poland come July.

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Alice Teeple

Alice Teeple is a photographer, multidisciplinary artist, and writer. She is not in Tin Machine.

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