Video Premiere: Vanishing Kids – “Spill the Dark”

Photo by Eric Meli

Never mind the continuity issue in this new video, “Spill the Dark,” from Wisconsin doomgaze outfit Vanishing Kids, just sit back and enjoy the gauzy misery! That said, we couldn’t help but notice that in various scenes where vocalist Nikki Drohomyreky is in a candle-lit canoe she’s sometimes paddling with a canoe paddle and (inexplicably) sometimes using a kayak paddle. But, hey, that’s neither here nor there regarding the overall vibe of the majestic seven-minute, fuzzed-out epic. In much the same way that Drohomyreky is the focus of the video, her dreamy, haunting vocals are front and center in the “Spill the Dark.” Her band mates—Jason Hartman (guitar), Jerry Sofran (bass), Nick Johnson (drums)—mostly play a cameo role, though Hartman provides an impressive solo toward the end.

The new single is taken from Vanishing Kids’ sixth album, Miracle of Death, which offers seven new tracks of depressive doom.The new album was produced by Vanishing Kids with Dustin Sisson. It was recorded by Sisson, and mixed by Randall Dunn at Circular Ruin. Mastering was done at Chicago Mastering. It’s set for release on October 13 on vinyl, CD and digitally via Aural Music. Place your preorders here.

Here’s what Hartman had to say about the new video:

“Nikki writes the lyrics and likes to leave them open to interpretation. I know the album as a whole is about loss and trying to rethink negativity on death. The video was Nikki’s concept, too. Filmed by Aaron Hall (who did the “Creation” and “Heavy Dreamer” videos) and edited by Marie Matlock at Mifflin St. Media. All filming was done at Nikki’s and my home in Wisconsin.”