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Flitting back and forth between German and Spanish, multi-disciplinary artist Viktoria Wehrmeister creates a vividly angular, post-industrial sprawl on her second album. Think Lucrecia Dalt or Gudrun Gut, but channeling the haphazard, free-form energy of Finnish eccentrics Paavoharju or Islaja.
While Wehrmeister's 2019 debut solo album "Hielo Boca" was almost whisper-soft and guided by her production and songwriting curiosity, "La Vida Te Busca" moves into more confident territory. Here, she makes an effort to refine her songwriting, but continues to provoke listeners with jagged left-turns, unusual linguistic choices and peculiar instrumentation. Using repetition, chants and grinding industrial rhythms, Wehrmeister recalls Lucrecia Dalt's idiosyncratic freeform electronics, but drives it thru solidly industrial territory, using her voice like a broken, overdriven synthesizer.
It's self-reflective music that speaks to life's humdrum weirdness, and the sounds she ekes out of her gear aptly sketch a world that might be unique, but is easy to harmonize with. At any moment we dip from chaos into near peace, from synthesized whirrs and blurs and screams to near lullabies. Bizarre, and all the better for it.