Track Of The Day – VYIE – Darrrk Knight


It’s been on one those weeks, no matter how hard we try we just can’t seem to glean much info on some of the new music that’s reaching our ears.  Take VIYE for example, we have managed ascertain only the bare bones of the band’s story. We discovered they are based in Atlanta and that they initially consisted of Janey Criss and Jessi Monroe who decided to write some songs together. It went well. They then recruited Alec Yeager, who on the evidence of the promo shots, looks like a rather stylish New Romantic refuge from the Baseball Furies – [See Warriors movie] You’ll also note the band look good, in fact the look very good, indeed, but before we get distracted and hot under the collar lets address their music, do they sound as good as they look?   Well we’d suggest on the evidence of the songs the answer is an unequivocal YES!  VYIE produce perfectly realised electronic pop, with a vaguely haunting melancholic edge.  Sounding like a sexier more sinister, ethereal  Warpaint, there’s something utterly beguiling about their sound which ebbs and flows with electronic pulses, echoing synths, sleazy bass lines and celestial harmonies.

But what do they have to say ? Well,  they call it death pop , which is better than dream-pop which seems to be the prescribed label for any band with slightly floaty  female vocals fusedwith left-field electronica these days and go on to explain  “The goal of VYIE on record is to take each song forward, into and through various methods of design. The goal of VYIE live is to take each song backward, beyond technical construction and artistic conception, in order to explore each meaning attentively and thematically with others. ”  So now you know!

Andy Von Pip

ANDY VON PIP - Founder, editor, writer, reviewer, photographer and all-round good guy at the House photographer for The Academy Music Group, Zuma Press, Event Magazine and Rex Features worldwide. You can check out his photography at Andy Von Pip Photography Has been new music tipster on BBC6 Music, Amazing Radio, and DJ on Strangeways Radio (USA.) Can currently be heard on IWFM Radio. His radio work has been described as sounding like Ian McCulloch on ketamine fused with Ringo Starr. New music tipster on Amazing Radio, moderator for BBC 6 Music DJ Tom Robinson's Fresh on the Net, former member of "BBC's Sound Of" panel. Written and photographic work has appeared in The Quietus, Music Week, Record Of The Day, The Guardian, GIITV, The Sabotage Times, Bido Lito, The Skinny, Louder Than War. Media partner and curator for Liverpool Sound City.

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