Mater Tenebrarum - Nathaniel Shannon and the Vanishing Twin

[World Premiere Music Video] Nathaniel Shannon and the Vanishing Twin: ‘Mater Tenebrarum’

Brooklyn-based experimental dark folk artist Nathaniel Shannon and the Vanishing Twin has released an all new, horror influenced video for their song, “Mater Tenebrarum.” The track is taken from his recently released EP, The Three Mothers, available now on Aqualamb Records! Nathaniel conceptualized the video, which was shot, directed and edited by Frank Huang.

Nathaniel Shannon explains:

“‘The Mater Tenebrarum’ video concept is relatively simple…an ocular hallucination represents the confusion created by being influenced by the succubus described in the song. Director Frank Haung had been showing me these painted 35mm projections he had been making, which I absolutely loved. We filmed the video’s Protagonist, Ellen Philips, going through dance and incantation, blurring the victim and witch line, with Franks homemade 35mm projections playing over her. I wanted the video to be a visual accompaniment for the song, rather than a narrative. What Frank came up with is exactly what I had visually in my head when writing the music.”

Check out the World Premiere of the “Mater Tenebrarum” video below!

Details From The Mater Tenebrarum Press Release

THE THREE MOTHERS bore its roots several years ago as a few disjointed keyboard-based loops in the Brooklyn apartment of Detroit-bred artist Nathaniel Shannon and the Vanishing Twin. Some feedback, extremely late nights, and a lyrical concept based on Dario Argento’s ‘Three Mothers” film trilogy later, and a record the artist never intended to write was born. This Aqualamb Records limited edition cassette and digital download mirrors the darkness of the times.

The songs began to lurk together as a triptych and an unhallowed dance of witches, given life by camaraderie forged in a bleak, disillusioned world. Desire is an otherworldly experience: when one takes time to observe it within themselves, we notice it comes from the void. We experience it when we surrender to the fact that we have control over our actions but not our longings. The spectrum of nostalgia includes fierce identity and defense of self, down to the bitter pangs of grief and enduring ache for what is no longer or worse: what our deepest fears tell us will never come to be.

In Shannon’s case, these archetypes come forward in the form of forbidden and fantastical inspired murmurs from the underworld. The voice of the necessary villain: screaming, feedback-laden guitars, and live, battle-reflecting drums create a Plutonic aesthetic that invites the listener inward to the culling of a forsaken innocence. Argento’s witches are vile yet fulfill their purpose as anyone or anything is meant to do. Written from within the molten crux of the enemy, “THE THREE MOTHERS” is a primordial fixation with the trilogy’s witches. Shannon’s vocals muffled by the murkiness that comes with seeking out a taboo reflection for our collective terror, sickness and obsessions are given rise by the comparatively ethereal wanderings of a darkly ambient score.

Here’s a look at that limited edition cassette and digital download!

About The Three Mothers

While indeed not hip-hop at all, THE THREE MOTHERS is, in fact collaborative in nature, featuring Fred Estby of Dismember fame on suspense-heightening drums. Mixed by Jeremy Page (That Handsome Devil, Kendra Morris, Czarface), mastered by Steve Austin (Today is the Day / Austin Enterprises), with unsettling background vocals by Damien Moyal (Culture, As Friends Rust, Damien Done), this EP encourages a constant resurrection of shadow, complemented by flickers of Latin chants provided by Bret Wisknewski, a Latin classicist and member of Watergate, Four Eyes, and Detroit’s ska cult The Parka Kings.

You can purchase the limited edition of The Three Mothers Ephemera Cassette Box here! The Three Mothers is also available now on all digital platforms, including Bandcamp Spotify Deezer, and Apple Music!

Cool stuff! Thanks to Nathaniel Shannon and the Vanishing Twin for allowing us to premiere this new music! We hope all you folks out in PopHorror land dig it as much as we do!

What do you think? Did you enjoy the “Mater Tenebrarum” video? Will you snag a copy of The Three Mothers? Tell us in the comments!

Nathaniel Shannon and the Vanishing Twin

About Kenn Hoekstra

PopHorror Writer. Associate Editor. @PopHorrorNews Tweeter. Also... Screenwriter. Blogger. Horror Movie Aficionado. Wisconsin Sports Fan. IT Guy. Father. Smartass. People's Champion. TIME Person of the Year - 2006.

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