Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Vienna Ditto - Liar Liar

EP review by kev@thesoundofconfusion.co.uk

Another blues-type duo? Yes, but one with a difference. This is far more experimental and diverse stuff than all the Black Keys wannabes. You can hear that right from the moody, tribal opener 'Liar Liar' which incorporates organ and then the kind of strange sounds you'd expect from a their own description of "Voodoo sci-fi blues duo". Vienna Ditto do indeed bring in the sci-fi sounds. Even on the relatively normal acoustic track 'The Undefeated' they manage to break of the shackles and come up with a song that doesn't sound quite like the rest of the pack. It's quite cinematic too, and turning the simple into the impressive takes a fair bit of talent.

It's sonic experiments all the way on this EP, with the pair seeming to pause mid-song and go off on a strange tangent, almost to see if it will work, before reverting to the original idea. Interesting stuff. The tender 'Whatever Comes My Way' remains on the path upon which it began but the lyrics and the delivery are enough to make it stand out. Final track 'Little Fingers' is reminiscent of early Portishead, albeit with a slightly more poppy aspect. It's a dark tune, and those hushed vocals suit it down to the ground as it explores the limits of the song, seeming to not settle in one place. An interesting EP from an interesting and innovative band.

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Catch them live:

TUE Apr 23 2013 Emperor Yes, The Old Blue Last, London, UK
FRI Apr 26 2013 Vienna Ditto, Rising Sun Arts Centre, Reading, UK
SAT Apr 27 2013 Newquay Times, The Dublin Castle, London, UK

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