Today sees the release of another lost single – “Filthy” – from the late iconic, musician/poet/ artist, Alan Vega. Vega’s name is synonymous with unfettered creativity and his work proved informative in the invention of industrial, synth/post punk and genres beyond. From the late 1950s, through his years playing in Suicide, and all the way up until his death in 2016, Vega was constantly creating. This process naturally led to a wealth of material that didn’t see the light of day immediately when it was recorded, which came to be known as the Vega Vault. “Filthy” is the third single taken from Mutator, which is the first full album in a series of archival releases from the Vault and sees its release in partnership with Sacred Bones Records on April 23.
Mutator was recorded with frequent collaborator and wife Liz Lamere and discovered in the vault in 2019 and then mixed and produced by both Lamere and Vega’s close friend Jared Artaud. Artaud reveals that, “‘Filthy’ was the first song Liz and I started to mix on Mutator. It set into motion how to work on and produce the rest of the album. Sonically speaking, Alan never lost his edge with age. He kept his intensity and incessant drive for endless experimentation. Alan’s process was more like a visual artist working in sound rather than a traditional musician going into the studio to make records. At the heart of it all, Alan was a poet. His lyrics always hit hard and he was always pushing forward, trailblazing onto the next idea of his vision.”
Lamere describes, “Filthy’s anthemic zombie atmosphere challenges the listener to find the underlying message of hope that is always within Vega’s words and sound.”