On the Horizon: From the Fade, RIVKA.

On the Horizon: From the Fade, RIVKA.

As the number of bands out there increases exponentially on a routinely daily basis, you’d imagine it to become equivalently tricky for the quietly spectacular ones to shine on through. Though that’s quite incontrovertibly not the case with Pittsburgh-based trillwave duo RIVKA, whose newly compiled FADED EP is a work of immediate brilliance. That a recording so heftily indebted to the dank murkiness of midnight and the surrounding hours should at once sound quite so lustrous makes this one something of an unprecedentedly resplendent triumph, and one of two choice cuts is its unblemished opener. Entitled Drift, it wafts into being with the chugging of mangled tape which, redolent of the distant galloping of wild, wild horses, converge with Morricone-inspired, manipulated whistling on some intensely alluring, if eternally untouchable horizon. Although it’s only when Rivka Rose’s flighty vocals take hold that it really grips and menaces never to let go…

And to come from a completist’s perspective, the second of two stark highlights permeating the all-pervasive, if luxurious gloom the duo favour is led by Rose’s enduring accomplice Reggie Wilkins, who brings gently gravelled, dulcet qualities to Swim High. Thus vocally akin to Tunde Adebimpe, it musically mimics the slowly motioning swelling of ever ageing guts. Which neatly befits the guttural synthetic gurgles and manipulated, self-made samples to woozily brood beyond the pair’s impeccable delivery although you can forget about them fading any time soon, for they’re finally really coming into their own by the sounds of things…

RIVKA’s Bandcamp.

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