Vision Fortune are an experimental, electronic duo from… to be honest, I have no idea where, but I’m going to assume the UK, as they’ve played most of their shows around the Brighton-London-Manchester corridor and their previous album was released on Brighton-based label, Faux Discx. Little is known about the duo, and they don’t like to show their faces in publicity shots. Their exact names are unknown. Whether it’s part of the whole concept of Vision Fortune or just genuine bashfulness or the desire remain anonymous is unknown.
Their music, too, is mysterious and difficult to compartmentalize. It’s not electronic music made for dance clubs. It’s not dubstep nor downtempo. There are deep bass and drum machines, and some tracks seemed to be based on African and Middle Eastern sounds than the “boom boom” one tends to associate with electronic. The first thoughts that came to my head when listening to their sophomore album, Country Music, was a slower, more drone version of Viet Cong minus the cathartic guitars and drums. It’s an interesting and at times moving album, but one thing is for certain – it’s not country music.
The album’s name likely is taken from the place where the duo recorded the album. The two retreated to a villa in a remote part of Tuscany, as part of a two-month research residency that was sponsored by the Cuatroquesos Foundation (also a mystery). The villa, I think, is the cover of their album.
One of the two were gracious to send a list as part of our Artiste 5 – well, they gave us a list of four. The topic they chose was, “Five people who I would like to have over for dinner”. The choices may surprise you, but then again maybe they shouldn’t as the two are clearly imaginative and intelligent.
- “The first person I would invite to dinner would be Bing Crosby. I’m a big fan of his music, and genuinely think his contributions to recording in general – his innovative use of the microphone in performances, for example, or his investments in magnetic tape before it became the standard format – are huge. Plus he’d probably sing a really sweet song at the end of the meal.”
- “Following on with the ‘Bing’ theme, I would invite Chandler Bing (Matthew Perry) from the popular sitcom “Friends”, because, I mean, could they be any more different? I think his unique style of self-deprecating humour would be an interesting match alongside Crosby’s laid-back crooner personality. He could be the yin to Cosby’s yang, and I think there would be some interesting interaction between the two.”
- “My next guest would be Carmella Bing, the famous adult actress. I would ask her about her starring role in Welcome to Boobsville 3, and, who knows, perhaps they’d be some chemistry between Carmella and infamous ladies man Crosby.”
- “Finally I would invite Suzanne Bing, the underrated French actress. I can imagine having a deep, after-dinner conversation with her about Copeau’s concept of the theatre, while Crosby and Carmella canoodle in the corner and Chandler cracks sarcastic jokes to no one in particular.”
March 4 – Leeds, UK – The Library
March 5 – Glasgow, Scotland – Nice & Sleazys
March 6 – Manchester, UK – Soup Kitchen
March 7 – Sheffield, UK – Secret Location
March 10 – London, UK – Ace Hotel
March 11 – Brighton, UK – Bleach
March 14 – Chicago, IL – Levitation Festival
March 17 – Austin, TX – SXSW
April 2 – Brooklyn, NY – Baby’s All Right
April 3 – Brooklyn, NY – Palisades
July 2 – Keflavik, Iceland – ATP Iceland
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