On the way to Minneapolis from Iowa City. 7th Street Entry tonight at 10pm. Flat fine lines surrounding the truck.

On the way to Minneapolis from Iowa City. 7th Street Entry tonight at 10pm. Flat fine lines surrounding the truck.

APRIL U.S. TOUR SUPPORTING JULIANNA BARWICK

Sweaty and ready to announce that Vasillus will once again be supporting Julianna Barwick on her April tour of the Midwestern and Northeastern U.S., as well as Canada!

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Tour Dates:

First show of tour last night in Bloomington! Thank you Russian Recordings!

First show of tour last night in Bloomington! Thank you Russian Recordings!

First Vasillus release! “Demos - Vol. 1” - get it on this Feb tour! Only made 250!

First Vasillus release! “Demos - Vol. 1” - get it on this Feb tour! Only made 250!

"Red Horizon #2" Kim Percy 2012
"Imagine living in an (in)between space. Marc Augé coined the phrase “non-place” to refer to places of transience that do not hold enough significance to be regarded as “places.”
Put yourself in that predicament, seeking a better life, seeking to escape persecution, war (of which we as a nation are often part), prejudice and death, deliberately placing yourself and your family in a fragile boat, like a seed pod floating upon the waters, taking the dangerous journey to reach Australia. Imagine the emotional and intellectual turmoil that must surround such a decision, the decision to place your life in the hands of the ocean. Important decisions affecting the entire course of one’s life are rarely made without some form of mental distress.”
- Dr. Marcus Bunyan

"Red Horizon #2"
Kim Percy
2012

"Imagine living in an (in)between space. Marc Augé coined the phrase “non-place” to refer to places of transience that do not hold enough significance to be regarded as “places.”

Put yourself in that predicament, seeking a better life, seeking to escape persecution, war (of which we as a nation are often part), prejudice and death, deliberately placing yourself and your family in a fragile boat, like a seed pod floating upon the waters, taking the dangerous journey to reach Australia. Imagine the emotional and intellectual turmoil that must surround such a decision, the decision to place your life in the hands of the ocean. Important decisions affecting the entire course of one’s life are rarely made without some form of mental distress.”

- Dr. Marcus Bunyan

Edward Burtynsky “Xiaolangdi Dam #1, Yellow River, Henan Province, China” 2011
ABOUT "HUDSON CANYON"
The Hudson Canyon is the largest ocean canyon on the East Coast, and one of the largest submarine canyons in the world. The floor of the trench is supposedly covered in sludge, trash and pollution from the days when New York would dump its trash directly into the river. 
I thought about Actaeon and Artemis, and how she splashes him with water from her pond, and changes him from a prideful hunter into an innocent deer. Granted, this gets him killed by his own hunting dogs, but all in all, the story was telling of the transformative power of water.
There’s something that happens when someone really immerses themselves in the city. It can absolutely swallow you whole, but it can cleanse you of wherever you came from before. I like the idea of being purified in the murk of the canyon, 100 miles away from the city - like Appalonia in ‘Purple Rain’, but without the deception or the motorcycles. 

"The murky water starts to glow"

Edward Burtynsky
“Xiaolangdi Dam #1, Yellow River, Henan Province, China”
2011

ABOUT "HUDSON CANYON"

The Hudson Canyon is the largest ocean canyon on the East Coast, and one of the largest submarine canyons in the world. The floor of the trench is supposedly covered in sludge, trash and pollution from the days when New York would dump its trash directly into the river. 

I thought about Actaeon and Artemis, and how she splashes him with water from her pond, and changes him from a prideful hunter into an innocent deer. Granted, this gets him killed by his own hunting dogs, but all in all, the story was telling of the transformative power of water.

There’s something that happens when someone really immerses themselves in the city. It can absolutely swallow you whole, but it can cleanse you of wherever you came from before. I like the idea of being purified in the murk of the canyon, 100 miles away from the city - like Appalonia in ‘Purple Rain’, but without the deception or the motorcycles. 

"The murky water starts to glow"

Newsha Tavakolian “Don’t Forget This Is Not You (for Sahar Lofti)” 2010
ABOUT "EVELYN"
I started researching and reading about shipwrecks and nautical disasters after a stopover from Iceland back to New York in early November 2013. I was bored and restless, and I was unfamiliar with the landmarks showing up on the interactive seatback map that I’d been casually studying.
At that point in the flight, I was in a pretty compromised state, emotionally. I was coming home from France, where I had gotten into some shit, and long story short, I ended up meeting and staying with an aunt that I had never met before. I was so overwhelmed at how this older Arab woman with flawless skin and a gentle heart had taken me in and shown me the love of family, thousands of miles from where I was raised. “Home” meant something new to me.
I started thinking about the relationships between people who love each other very much, but for one reason or another, could not physically be with the one they loved. I thought about how much of my father my aunt saw in my face or felt in my hugs, and how comforting and assuring that can be. My dad was across the ocean back in the US, but that was an experience I know he would’ve wanted to be there for.
Back on the plane, I jotted down the names of these places and landmarks that stood out to me. When I got home, I realized most of them were sites of various naval incidents and seamounts. I started with the northernmost landmark, “Thresher, 1963”, which marked where the USS Thresher, the world’s worst submarine disaster, had gone under, some 200 miles offshore from Boston.
Every man on board lost their life on that vessel that day, but having never been decommissioned by the US Navy for being “lost at sea”, it is listed as being under “eternal watch” - which seemed strangely touching and full of solace, not exactly qualities generally attributed to the Navy.
I thought about their wives and families, and how *THAT* must’ve been, to get that news. I wanted to write a song for ‘Evelyn’, that would be the equivalent of one of the hugs that I gave my aunt on behalf of my father.
"A million beams of light Carry you to your door Forever, by your side”
It’s a hug from the otherside, begging to not be forgotten.

Newsha Tavakolian
“Don’t Forget This Is Not You (for Sahar Lofti)”
2010

ABOUT "EVELYN"

I started researching and reading about shipwrecks and nautical disasters after a stopover from Iceland back to New York in early November 2013. I was bored and restless, and I was unfamiliar with the landmarks showing up on the interactive seatback map that I’d been casually studying.

At that point in the flight, I was in a pretty compromised state, emotionally. I was coming home from France, where I had gotten into some shit, and long story short, I ended up meeting and staying with an aunt that I had never met before. I was so overwhelmed at how this older Arab woman with flawless skin and a gentle heart had taken me in and shown me the love of family, thousands of miles from where I was raised. “Home” meant something new to me.

I started thinking about the relationships between people who love each other very much, but for one reason or another, could not physically be with the one they loved. I thought about how much of my father my aunt saw in my face or felt in my hugs, and how comforting and assuring that can be. My dad was across the ocean back in the US, but that was an experience I know he would’ve wanted to be there for.

Back on the plane, I jotted down the names of these places and landmarks that stood out to me. When I got home, I realized most of them were sites of various naval incidents and seamounts. I started with the northernmost landmark, “Thresher, 1963”, which marked where the USS Thresher, the world’s worst submarine disaster, had gone under, some 200 miles offshore from Boston.

Every man on board lost their life on that vessel that day, but having never been decommissioned by the US Navy for being “lost at sea”, it is listed as being under “eternal watch” - which seemed strangely touching and full of solace, not exactly qualities generally attributed to the Navy.

I thought about their wives and families, and how *THAT* must’ve been, to get that news. I wanted to write a song for ‘Evelyn’, that would be the equivalent of one of the hugs that I gave my aunt on behalf of my father.

"A million beams of light
Carry you to your door
Forever, by your side”

It’s a hug from the otherside, begging to not be forgotten.

February U.S. Tour Supporting Julianna Barwick

Super psyched to announce that I’m supporting Julianna Barwick on her February tour of the Eastern and Southern United States. This is gonna be rad!

Tour Dates:

Thursday, February 6: Russian Recording in Bloomington, Indiana

Friday, February 7: MOTR Pub in Cincinnati, Ohio (FREE SHOW!)

Saturday, February 8: Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Sunday, February 9: The Side Chapel at First Unitarian Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Monday, February 10: Sixth & I Synagogue in Washington, DC

Wednesday, February 12: Our Lady Of Lebanon Church in Brooklyn, NY 

Friday, February 14: The Carrack in Durham, North Carolina

Saturday, February 15: Moth Light in Asheville, North Carolina

Sunday, February 16: Pilot Light in Knoxville, Tennessee

Monday, February 17: The Stone Fox in Nashville, Tennessee

Tuesday, February 18: The Goat Farm in Atlanta, Georgia

Wednesday, February 19: Eclipse Coffee & Books in Montevallo, Alabama (FREE SHOW!)

Friday, February 21: Tulane University (FREE SHOW!) in New Orleans, Louisiana

Saturday, February 22: Mud and Water in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Sunday, February 23: City Tavern in Dallas, Texas

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