Boomkat Product Review:
Spanish experimental composer Yamila Ríos examines Spanish folklore through the prism of contemporary electronic music on her sophomore album "Visions". Unexpected stuff - sounds like a lo-fi electronic approximation medieval church music, and that's no bad thing at all. RIYL Cucina Povera, Islaja, Grouper.
In an era where vocal music is so often produced within an inch of its life and flattened to a robotic sparkle, it's startling to hear a voice crack and break as beautifully as Ríos' does on "Visions". Her songs are most successful when they completely focus on choral compositions: 'Visions III' is almost acapella, layering voice in harmony without over-processing it, allowing the pitchy imperfections to fire our consciousness into another era. With just a small amount of reverb, it sounds as if she's singing in a cathedral crypt, humming to herself coolly as small creatures pace outside.
Ríos cites biblical passages, baroque music and flamenco as influences; 'Visions IV' balances flamenco guitar with buzzing synths and mutant clacking rhythms, while 'Visions VI' melts her choral phrases into abstract electronics, sounding like sacred music from the near future.