Viki Viktoria: New Victorian LP (Midwich Productions, 2017)

February 5, 2017 at 10:13 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Viki Viktoria: New Victorian LP

Viki Viktoria: New Victorian LP

Barring a few limited cassettes, this is the first proper release from Viki Viktoria (formerly just Viki) in at least a decade, and it’s on Magas’ incredible Midwich Productions. Her recordings and performances are always unpredictable, ranging from noisier sound design experiments to lo-fi techno, and this one especially seems hard to pin down. Both sides contain a single track, about 15 minutes each, and they seem like they could be broken up into movements for convenience’s sake, but they’re really best experienced as a whole. Tempos shift, zombie-like voices call out from the dead, soundwaves swarm and stun. The first side starts out playful but gets darker and borderline psychotic. The second side slowly sputters down to a crawl before flipping a switch and launching into something more haunted. Mark Salwowski’s artwork depicting creepy, possessed children is entirely appropriate. Another fascinating release from one of Detroit’s most original electronic artists.

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