Boomkat Product Review:
Toresch vocalist Viktoria Wehrmeister becomes Decha with a superb solo debut suite of minimalist, mirage-like songs for Berlin’s Malka Tuti label
Also known for her role in La! Neu? with Klaus Dinger during the late ‘90s, Wicki Wehrmeister is the Mexican-German sculptor and artist acclaimed for her schizzy vocals on Toresch’s amazing ‘Essen Für Alle’ EP, where she variously barked, purred and and spat in tongues over Tolouse Low Trax’s sidewinding productions.
On ‘Hielo Boca’ however, Viktoria a.k.a. Decha is shorn of beats, allowing her playful character to really come thru in myriad ways while revealing a true enigma at work in the process. Across the album’s nine songs Viktoria wears as many hats, vacillating snarling, punky personas with more naif, airy stylings and seductive croon, and always unafraid to play around with the frayed, natural imperfections and textures of her voice.
To cut to the chase, there’s one really big standout, ‘Voy A Very’, where Decha multitracks herself in plaintive harmony over a sluggish, decapitated house riff and smeared brass with transfixing effect, but we reckon it’s best heard in context of the full album, after you’ve witnessed her parse and recombine her various voices and sides between the gurning/puckered glossolalia of ‘Nonja’, the layered acapella cadence of ‘Soy Yo’, where she’s alternately rapper/folkalist, and the likes of ‘La Nena’, where she melts into air like a Cucina Povera or Paavoharju hymn to dreamy whimsy.
In the best sense the music on ‘Hielo Boca’ feels in flux, frayed and off-the-cuff, yet highly considered. It’s this play of instinctive and detached nous that makes us sure we’ll return over and again.