Vienna Ditto – Ugly – EP Review

Vienna Ditto have a new EP – Ugly – coming out on CD through Ubiquity Project Records on the 14th October.

Vienna Ditto - Ugly  - EP Review

Vienna Ditto – Ugly – EP artwork

The EP comes in various iterations from a three track to seven on the CD version which has four bonus live recordings. I will concentrate on the three compositions all formats will offer.

With each piece of work running at around the four and a half minute mark, the listener has plenty of time to immerse themselves in the evocative music that is Vienna Ditto. Opening with the title track which has a background sound of a boot being pulled out of warm sticky mud  and this sets up the EP for a slip slide into the deeper recesses of the mind.

By Way Of An Apology is an atmospheric laden piece in which Hatty Taylor seduces the audience with a sultry vocal whilst the instrumentation wraps the ears in a shadowy embrace and the over all effect draws the mind to paint images of dark and fog shrouded gothic buildings. My pick of the release.

Sadly Stop is just that – the end of the standard EP and once again the music is visually stimulating with its circular repetitions. It would be very easy to conceive of any of Ugly appearing on a French Arthouse film. Fortunately they aren’t so the audience is able to find a much easier route to access while they create their own film score in their head.

I look forward to future releases by the duo who make up Vienna Ditto.

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Vienna Ditto

Vienna Ditto from Oxford in England the duo of Hatty Taylor and Nigel Firth with their avante-garde rock have passed my sight a few times and now I have been able to find enough music to write a review.

Vienna Ditto - avante-garde rock from England

Vienna Ditto

The underscore of velvet and steel resonates of an S&M dungeon with its evocative combination that transfixes the listener. I have been aware of the Vienna Ditto for a year or so and when I received an email about a new release, Ugly which comes out on the 14th October 2013, I was absolutely convinced I had already written a review of the band and was surprised to see that I hadn’t, so let us take a moment to rectify that situation as these two are precisely who should be featured on the Indie Bands Blog stable of websites.

Dulcet vocals are accompanied by evocative music that wrap the listener in an intoxicating fold of velvet which echo’s around the room in a warming embrace, lulling the brain into a sense of safety, before the blind fold is snapped around the eyes and the cold embrace of spreader bars snap into place and suddenly it is the the audience who stand exposed and vulnerable.

Vienna Ditto leave Schmitte Scars seared deep into the brain and I am delighted that I have been able to rectify my omission of a fine band with whom I suggest spending time is part of your life spent well as they add much to the world of music.

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