Boomkat Product Review:
Yet another release from the increasingly prolific Constellation label, 'Nostalgia/Pain' is a longform EP from Elizabeth Anka Vajagic and acts as extended accompaniment to last year's 'Stand With The Stillness of This Day' debut album. Packaged in a beautifully embossed gold/purple card case, 'Nostalgia/Pain' is a sprawling work that alternates between tightly structured segments of folk-rock and abstract instrument oscillations, with Vajagic's voice the aural glue. At times similar to Michaela Melian's guttural vocal style or a female Nick Cave, Vajagic allows her voice to slowly become part of the musical landscape (with two clocking in well over the 10 minute mark) and as guitars soar, reverb rattles and drums march onwards, it all takes on an epic Ulysses quality. Deceptively sparse, 'Nostalgia/Pain' is nonetheless as accomplished as a Pinter play.