The Usurper

by Vanishing Shapes

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The Usurper is the first track from our upcoming EP, Tiny Planets.

Tiny Planets is a concept EP based on the dark origin story of our modern Australia. It echos the similarly shared history of many parts of the westernised world, exploring invasion of foreign lands and subjugation of traditional land owners. The EP presents the story of a fictional planet in which the people reject their leader who is then ejected in a driverless spacecraft. Community and peace return to the planet whilst the fallen leader contemplates an eternity of drifting through space. After the ship becomes dead in the orbit of another planet a plan to force a crash landing is hatched. Learning nothing, the ex-leader carries out an invasion with the aid of faithful supporters, once again imposing systems to oppress.


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released March 9, 2016
Written and performed by Vanishing Shapes (Joshua Ingle, Jennifer Hankin, Timothy Merrikin, Jake Kennedy, Nick Jamieson)



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Vanishing Shapes Newcastle, Australia

For almost half a decade Vanishing Shapes have been inhaling the coal dust of Newcastle and exhaling sparkles all over the Eastern side of the continent. Their music, often being described as ‘fairy music’, is an eccentric amalgamation of various trad-folk styles meshed with modern art music, progressive rock practices and a healthy dose of classical expertise. ... more

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