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With her experimental music and unique style, many are calling Farce the future of avant-garde pop music, especially given its potential to merge with the mainstream.  

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Gospel

Vienna-based musician Pieter Gabriel caught our attention a few months ago with the quite spectacular covers EP “CVRS” and Sleep Sleep returned at the start of November with the debut album “Gospel”. The 8 track album released on Noise Appeal Records is a highly addictive work of musical art full of tracks which instantly feel like they have been a part of you forever. It is probably how Beach House would sound if they lived in the Viennese capital….
“Sunrise”, the first single to be released is a veritable soundscape as Gabriel’s prophetic voice lazily takes over you like an early morning summer haze.
Gospel is an exquisitely produced piece of downbeat indie-electro which finds a perfect balance between melancholy and hope. “Take The Money and Run”  will have you hooked from the first listen while “Old Joy”, “Twin Peaks” and “Smile” return to the beautifully misty fog of sounds which dominate much of the album.
You can listen to it in full below and buy it on Bandcamp or here

Prepare to be get a musical disco ball to the temple as Fijuka take over your world.

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We have been firm fans of Fijuka since hearing the extremely catchy Behave (from now on). The recent release of the flawless hommage to the disco tunes of yesteryear Phantom Sentimental simply increased these expectations. The band will finally release their long-awaited debut album on the 8th of November and it has been dominating the Substance is Meaningless playlist over the last few weeks.
Glamorous, rhythmic, sensual, sentimental, funky and eccentric. These are all words which sit well with Fijuka. It will come as no surprise to hear that Ankathie and Judith Filimónova aka Fijuka met each other during a seminar on women in popular music. Pop is very much the dominating theme which runs through the Vienna based duos self-titled debut.  From Prince to Kate Bush and back to Goldfrapp, the 11 tracks ooze pop glamour.
The album has been a long time in the making, with the band refusing to release their little disco ball of love and hate to the world until it was perfectly polished and bright enough to blind anyone who dares to get on the dancefloor.  The end product is an assemblage of funky beats, vocals powerful enough to tame the most ferocious of beasts and songs which are both sassy and sentimental at the same time.
Fijuka -Fijuka is an experimental potpurri of songs which is a little difficult at first but gets better and better with every listen. The band manage to balance elated joy, pleasure and delectation with a darker, satirical criticism of love, life and relationships without falling into overexageration and cliche. Disco-pop doozies like behave (from now on), Phantom Sentimental and 58 shimmy on up alongside the contemplative melancholy of the wonderful Trains and the progressive Icecubes On A Cactus In The Desert In The Spring Pt. II.
There are not enough influential, talented female bands/artists out there at the moment, but thankfully the numbers have been increased by Fijuka

Whether you are looking to get lost in your own thoughts on a cold winters night or want to kick the dust off and hit the dancefloor with your glad rags on. Fijuka – Fijuka has something for everyone. 7.5/10

Buy the album on the SEAYOU records Bandcamp page

live dates
03.10.2013 Austria, Vienna/Waves Festival
07.12.2013 Austria, Vienna/Mikes Werkstatt
11.12.2013 Austria, Vienna/brut