- An MVD Exclusive
- SKU: PRO413-2
- Format: CD
- UPC: 617026041322
- Street Date: 09/08/23
- PreBook Date: 08/04/23
- Label: Projekt »
- Genre: Electronic/DJ/Scratch
- Run Time: 60:05 mins
- Number of Discs: 1
- Year of Production: 2023
- Box Lot: 45
- Territory: NA,GB,ASIA
Veiila - Sentimental Craving For Beauty
Echoes Radio September CD of the month! Immaculate downtempo electronics, slow rhythms, and female vocals flush with late-night sensuality
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Echoes Radio September CD of the month!
CD in 4-panel digipak
Limited edition: 500
Genres: Dark Cold Wave, Downtempo, Alternative Pop, Electronic, Bleak House, Dream Pop, Witch House
For Fans Of: Emika, Lana Del Rey, The XX, Zola Jesus
Hometown: Vanadzor, Armenia
[VEiiLA is pronounced "Vay-la." It's a stylized reference to a Baltic mountain-dwelling demon that lures men into her cave by singing & then devours them.]
Creating beauty and passion out of harrowing anguish comes easy for Russians-in-exile VEiiLA. With immaculate electronics, slow enthralling rhythms, and female vocals flush with late-night sensuality, the duo of Vif Nüte and Bes Eirid crafts an entwining melancholia with devastating existential lyrics.
VEiiLA's American debut, Sentimental Craving For Beauty, is the artistic equivalent of a Venus flytrap: hidden beneath seductive mellow electronics, translucent guitars, soft percussion, synth bass and Vif's tantalizing, alluring vocals dwell the paralyzing vapors of venomous despair, and inevitable pain of human existence. Behind a melodic downtempo sound, VEiiLA leans towards Schopenhauerian pessimism where one does not conquer the pain; verily submission to pain is the only answer to a world made of suffering.
This grim outlook isn't based on mere musings of the poet's soul. When Russia invaded Ukraine, not willing to support the ugly war and the horrible autocratic regime, VEiiLA packed their lives in a couple of suitcases, left their homes and embarked on a journey without destination. As modern Russian dissidents they taste the bitter liquor of disappointment.
Musically VEiiLA charts a direction with a bare minimalist palette of sound clearing space for the intimate vocals' hypnotic swirl, murmuring their introspective allegories of universal indifference and lost hope. The anguish is contrasted by melodic vocals and a sensual downtempo mood.
- Echoes Radio's September CD of the Month
The Sound of Beautiful Alienation. To say that VEiiLA is melancholic would be an understatement. But rarely is alienation rendered so beautifully and in such an original, compelling fashion. The band has called their sound 'music for introverts,' but it could just as well be music for the depressed, the forlorn and the oppressed. Nüte sings in a voice that can be fragile, sultry, domineering, sarcastic and heartbreaking. Their sound design is one of the most original I've heard.
—John Diliberto, Echoes Radio