There are bands that describe their music as cinematic and perfect for a movie. Then there are bands who are creating entire albums that could make up the soundtrack to an entire movie or be the score to a complete theatrical production. London / Oxford duo Vienna Ditto is one of those bands.
The project of Hatty Taylor and Nigel Firth (not sure if he’s related to Colin Firth), Vienna Ditto share today their new EP, Ticks, which we are extremely pleased to present. Ticks is a collection of seven songs that would be ideal on a Quentin Tarantino or Cohen Brothers film. The album is a mix of gospel, blues-rock, electronic doo-wop, and spaghetti western with each sound representing a different scene in the soundtrack.
And like a great movie, the album is perfectly paced, beginning with a bang with the rocking and sultry title track before slowing down with “Tiny Tambourines”, which is like an anthem for the femme fatale – dark, mysterious, and completely alluring. There is a sense of loss on the emotional “Motherless Child” while “My Way of Missing You” resonates a ’60s film noir – dark, mysterious, and suspenseful.
“Go Down Moses”, a cover of a classic gospel tune, could be a film on its own, starting off as a serene number before kicking up into a ’30s / ’40s-esque pop ditty. “Come Back” similarly has multiple sides, transforming from a blues-rocker to an electronic buzzsaw. The song feels likes a cliffhanger, where we’re left with questions about what next is in line for Vienna Ditto. Could there be a sequel in the works? Sounds Tarantino and Cohen Brothers-esque, doesn’t it?
Hear the entire EP below and read Hatty and Nigel’s track-by-track commentary. Ticks fittingly drops tomorrow, Friday, May 13th via Ubiquity Project Recordings.
Track-by-Track Commentary by Vienna Ditto
This is a bit of an aggressive track about not getting appreciated for your own ambitions and them getting overshadowed by other people’s ambitions. It’s also a track about passion and frustration when someone steals your thunder.
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