Vanishing Shapes are an experimental folk band from Newcastle whose eclectic style was endearingly dubbed ‘fairy music’ during an early tour through Northern NSW. Their songs hint at melodic characteristics of Celtic, Turkish and Andean folk music with rhythmic ideas stemming from more juxtaposing influences such as math rock and progressive metal. Members bring a classical background to the compositions, taking interesting textural and harmonic turns whilst incorporating
plenty of improvisation drawing on experience in jazz and traditional folk fields.
Despite the bizarre combination of styles that are the driving influences behind their sound, Vanishing Shapes have found a home for their music in some unexpected places. Their highly energetic performances have received a warm welcome at Newcastle’s warehouse and house party scenes, as well as supporting national and international touring acts such as Afenginn, The Crooked Fiddle Band and Asta. Originally formed for a once off performance as a Conservatorium project the band has continued onwards, touring independently, appearing at venues across NSW, Victoria and the ACT, as well as performing at festivals including Wollombi Music Festival, St Albans Folk Festival and Regrowth Festival..
Vanishing Shapes have been pushing themselves to defy the laws of tradition in folk music using flute, clarinet, guitar and double bass to traverse from large cinematic soundscapes to twisted dance
sections. This has seen them creating an array of narrative driven pieces that bounce between being playful, harrowing and ethereal, releasing a full length album, Urcheon (2015) and a concept EP, Tiny Planets (2016).