Artist : Vienna Ditto
Title : Circle
Format : Album
Label : Bandcamp
London-based Vienna Ditto are fine purveyors of electro-pop, with an interesting edge. Their debut album has been released recently and I’ve just got around to listening. And jolly good it is too.
Vienna Ditto consists of Hatty Taylor and Nigel Firth, a pair who first met when the latter started teaching guitar when she was 11 years old. After a couple of years they lost touch, but in one of those strange twists of fate they literally bumped into each other in the street in 2009. Since then it has been musical triumphs for Vienna Ditto. Their intriguing blend of smoky blues, psychedelic rock and electronica has earned them national airtime, and glowing reviews.
Circle mixes a sultry/hedonistic european cabaret vibe with warped post-pop electronica. The use of atomospheric guitar lines alongside digital facing beats makes for something new, and the palette of sound effectively compliments Hatty’s rich voice.
Circle has been compared to the work Silvestre Revueltas, the man behind the Sin City soundtrack, mixed with Tricky and Martina Topley-Bird’s collaboration on Maxinquaye. The new LP includes previous singles, the more-ish Feeling Good and Hammer And A Nail.
Hatty’s dreamy vocals, alongside Nigel Firth’s art rock production, take this album out of the mainstream and put it onto the required listening pile. Think Tex-Mex bands like Calexico, plus a dollop of Morricone Western music merged with Lotte Lenya backed by a trip-hop band and you are getting there. There’s a lot going on here and it’s all good.
It’s not an easy task for a band to create a truly unique sound, but Vienna Ditto seem to just do it naturally, and with no effort at all. Their new album shows off all their skills to the highest level, and has been available for sale and download everywhere from the 12th June 2015
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