VANT – Conceived in the Sky (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 34:49 minutes | 371 MB | Genre: Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © DUMB BLOOD
In August 2017 everything – from the outside at least – seemed to be going according to plan for then-indie/punk/rock startlets VANT. Five consecutive ‘BBC R1 Hottest Record(s) In The World’, a critically acclaimed debut album under their belts and a summer spent on the main stages of festivals including Fuji Rock, Governor’s Ball, Lollapalooza and Reading & Leeds. Meanwhile, frontman Mattie Vant, was quietly planning his own demise.
“I’ve tried everything over the last 18 months,” explains Mattie. “Sobriety, transcendental meditation, “The Artist’s Way”, volunteer work, social media blackouts, fasting, extreme work-out regimes, therapy, travelling, ballet. You name it, I’ve tried it.
“Turns out I’m not particularly good at sticking to anything for too long”. Navigating the current socio-political climate is difficult enough without the added uncertainty of how long you can continue doing the thing you love. “I took a massive risk,” Mattie continues. “I had to relearn everything I ever knew about song-writing and I’m only now just starting to touch on my best work. There’s a long way to go.
“If I had wanted to keep making straight-up, ballsy rock music for the rest of my life, I could have kept that incarnation of VANT going forever. Once I stumbled upon the song ‘Propaganda Machine,’ I knew there was no turning back and that I’d have to start from the bottom, prove myself once again”.
Mattie spent 2018 in the studio, experimenting with every new instrument or bit of software he could get his hands on. A chance meeting with an old friend – Jamie Reed (Partybaby) – in Mattie’s home city of London led to a late-night collaboration, which escalated into a summer spent in LA.
“Something clicked when I worked with Jamie. We were both questioning the current state of rock music and wondering how we could move the genre forward.” More songs emerged from his work with Jamie and fellow Partybaby band-mate Noah Gersh, and one in particular – ‘Exoskeleton’ – became the nucleus for the album.
“‘Exoskeleton’ is the best song I’ve ever been a part of writing,” beams Mattie. “It’s a song I can imagine people listening to on repeat, until it becomes torturous.” Further sessions in LA were a mixed bag, leaving Mattie confused but encouraged. On his return to the UK, he linked up with long time producer, Sam Miller to begin collating the pieces of what would become VANT’s second record; ‘Conceived In The Sky.’
“This was always going to be a transitional record for me. Returning to being a solo artist, exploring different genres, essentially completely reinventing myself, all as a newly independent artist.”
This release comes on custom-mixed pastel pink vinyl and signed by Mattie Vant, if you would like yours unsigned please write ‘unsigned’ in the delivery notes. The records are also hand-numbered on a first-come-first-serve basis.
01. On My Way Through (01:33)
02. Mary Don’t Mind (03:53)
03. “Around for the Aesthetic” (00:42)
04. Lie to Myself (03:46)
05. Best Friends (03:42)
06. Exoskeleton (03:57)
07. Propaganda Machine (03:28)
08. “He Just Wants to Fuck with Us” (00:14)
09. Thank Lucifer (03:21)
10. Photographic Head (04:08)
11. La La La Blow My Brains out (01:43)
12. Atlas Falling (03:22)
13. Give Up (Morrissey’s Racist) (01:00)