Boomkat Product Review:
Quietly alluring debut LP of post punk-tempered avant-pop songs and cinematic mise-en-scene from Fith: a canny proposition revolving filmmaker/vocalist Dalia Neis a.k.a Dice Miller, plus Lori Goldstone (Nirvana, Earth), Alex Paulick (Kreidler), and Enid Da; released on the Berlin/Manchester co-operative, Wanda, who previously issued an excellent, imagined soundtrack-cum-compilation, Wanda is not here earlier this summer.
Crepuscular, oneiric, anchronistic, Fith unfolds a spellbinding narrative guided by protagonist, Dice Miller, a poised and coolly possessed character who flits from dubbed-out glossolalia recalling Negra Branca to an icier, detached aloofness almost recalling John Balance, and even percolated choral arrangements reminding of Maya S.K. Ratkje, but always returning to a hushed delivery, mixed with uncanny presence at front and centre of the soundfield.
Besides her vocals, Dice also shares composition and production duties with Paulick and Enir Da, framing the multiple personalities of her voice against suitably varied backdrops that match her noirish yet curiously ambiguous tone scene for scene, whether anchoring her flighty contrails in rugged drop forge drums and shimmering organ on Oya, or like some spaced-out Anne Clarke in L’Echappée Belle or drily echoic, gothic downbeats of Fire In The Hole, or rent in shatterprone hyaline figures over the gamelan-like delicacy of Muddy Grimoire (which is also an excellent song title), whilst the penultimate song, Gish finds her like Kate Bush placed over impish, Coil-esque chamber melodies and spirit-sawing cello by Lori Goldstone, who also appears in the closing ether dream sequence of Speed.
RIYL Night School, ONO, Julia Holter