├ëlan Vital - comprising Renee Barrance *keyboards, vocals(, Danny Brady *synths, drum ma/chines, live mixing( and Nikolai Sim *bass( / formed 2015 in Dunedin's None Gallery, an unde/fined artist/run creative community which is also the home of Death And The Maiden. The expression ├ëlan Vital describes the vital force. The music on "Shadow Self" seems to symbol/ise that life impulse in an ambiguous zone between machine and human worlds. Their sound blends keyboards evoking psychedelic organ sounds of 1960s garage rock together with con/temporary European synth/pop dance music, layered on analogue drum machines. Distorted, overdriven bass guitar adds a further element of chaos into the mix. Feedback/strafed soundtrack instrumentals for imaginary dystopian Sci/Fi films bloom into upliftingly gloomy melodic dream/pop catharsis about memory, longing and obsession.