Out 27th November via Island/Dew Process
Debut album due 2016
”The Melbourne-based South African melds Kelis and MIA, to a dystopian electro backdrop” The Sunday Times
“It’s impossible to turn away from Ecca Vandal once she starts up” SPIN
“Intoxicating… Vandal’s ceaseless charisma and fascinating experiments force you to hang on every beat” The Line of Best Fit
“Punk perspective, pop energy and a carefree genre amalgamation that just feels incredibly natural”Rolling Stone
“The global sound that Ecca exhibits is one of a kind” Notion
“A glorious mess of pop, nu-mental and punk” Wonderland
Ecca Vandal has dropped the hypnotic visual for new single ‘End of Time’, out 27th November via Island/Dew Process.
The ‘End Of Time’ video was directed by Matt Chuang, best known for his strong cinematic approach to storytelling, Chuang creates work that is visually striking and emotionally engaging. Ecca says of the video “I decided to collab with a different director to flip it for this track. Matt Chuang has a beautiful eye and captures great raw emotion. He created an interesting and simple visual translation of the energy of End Of Time – there’s a raw, unsettling feeling in this piece and we decided to hold shots way longer than expected to linger in the intensity and vulnerability of the performance. Matt was also shooting, so there was a nice unpredictability between performance and camera-motion as neither of us knew what each other were going to do! I dig that organic free flow, and most of that appears in this clip – we kept it in, warts n all.”
Taken from her genre-bending debut album due 2016, ‘End of Time’ highlights Ecca’s anti-genre persona and is a sonic shift from her previous releases. An exciting reminder of just how difficult it is to pigeonhole her as an artist. Co-produced by Ecca, in collaboration with producer and co-writer Kidnot, it’s the first track to not feature a distorted guitar. Instead, it’s injected with gritty, pulsing beats as a foundation for Ecca’s soaring melodies against dark, pop synths.
Ecca Vandal is a forced to be reckoned with, the name ‘Vandal’ chosen as a reminder to ‘deface’ her sound each time when writing music and not to get too comfortable in a particular genre. Inspired by having no borders and no boundaries, Ecca names her musical influences among the likes of Bjork, Radiohead, Mr Bungle and Fugazi; artists who she declares are “in their own lane” and have forged their own creative path.
The Melbourne-based artist opened for The Prodigy at their only Australian show last year. South African born with Sri Lankan Heritage, Ecca Vandal’s parents left South Africa after Apartheid in the late 80s, her parents making the decision to find a stable environment in which to educate their daughters. After settling in Melbourne, Ecca sunk her teeth into jazz at an early age before discovering the intoxicating world of hip hop and the DIY spirit of punk rock.