18 Oct 2021
UsernamePassword

Remember Me? | Join | Recover
Click here to sign in via social networking

VÏKÆ - Single Review: Moon City

16 Sep 2021 // A review by Danica Bryant

Vikae melds pulsating commercial pop with the climatic reach of drum and bass on latest release Moon City. Produced by Will Henderson and written during the March 2020 nationwide lockdown, the song is an emotionally charged ode to the end of a relationship, mourning physical separation and filtering through feelings needing to be “put to rest”. 

Opening with eerie, slow piano, Moon City begins seemingly as a ballad, but quickly pivots to an upbeat dance number, trembling with movement and excitement. Vikae’s early imagery of “incandescent blue” and a “golden night in June” creates a late-night atmosphere, offering vulnerable lyrics throughout the song which carry an emotional weight, but stay light enough to never become overwhelming. Her melodies are simple and easy to follow, and the vocals are cleanly produced thanks to additional production help from Vikae’s long-term mentor Abigail Knudson.

Featuring skittering drums and 808s in its eclectic build-ups, Moon City’s chorus drop is a satisfying electronic burst, with pounding instrumentation that balances well with Vikae’s refrain of “I’m still wanting you”. The famous “millennial whoop” melody drives these catchy choruses.

Whilst Vikae never reinvents the wheel, she uses its techniques to her advantage, crafting a booming drum and bass anthem that radio stations should be racing to pick up.

As the fourth single from her upcoming debut album Inferno, Moon City positions Vikae as a strong voice in Aotearoa’s pop industry, with a powerfully produced sound for the dancefloor and relatably honest lyrics which prove Vikae's staying power.

Rating: ( 4 / 5 )
 

About VÏKÆ

Originally born in Ukraine and seeking refuge in New Zealand post Chernobyl; classically trained musician VïKÆ has done a full 360 dance through the music-sphere. Originally training as an opera singer, VïKÆ switched genres when she felt the need to create art that provokes thoughts, is catchy, exciting and fresh. Finishing her Bachelor of Music (Performance Voice) from the University of Otago (2016) VÏKÆ has finally landed where she describes as feeling ‘most at home’. Personal experiences provide a voice for the voiceless and an homage to the underdogs. Breaking stigmas to showcase the true magic behind closed doors for those living with disabilities and those who suffer from mental health, VÏKÆ is not shy about her was diagnosis with bipolar; saying “being creative is a great form of healing”. VÏKÆ lathers her songs in silvery and powerful vocals and her lyricism is raw, clever and a little peculiar. Taking inspiration from Taylor Swift, Astrud Gilberto, Ella Fitzgerald and traditional Ukrainian instruments, VÏKÆ is certainly one to watch.




Visit the muzic.net.nz Profile for VÏKÆ

Releases

Finelines
Year: 2020
Type: EP

Other Reviews By Danica Bryant

Jessica Leigh - EP Review: Summerland
14 Oct 2021 // by Danica Bryant
Following her popular June release Summer Royalty, Jessica Leigh proudly offers her second EP Summerland, a sweltering collection of songs telling the story of a doomed summer romance through synth-pop and singer-songwriter stylings.Summerland opens subtly, with gentle guitar and quiet synths on Met Him At A Party, where Leigh introduces the EP’s vital romance with utmost sincerity.
Read More...
Lake South - Album Review: The Light You Throw
03 Oct 2021 // by Danica Bryant
“Let’s talk about politics, let’s talk about feelings”, sings Lake South on his latest album The Light You Throw, an excellent thesis statement for an album which covers such a spectrum of thought. It’s an astoundingly innovative album, melding electronic synth-pop with introspective folk, and resulting in a record I cannot call anything but pure magic.
Read More...
Jason Parker - Single Review: This Is My Year
26 Sep 2021 // by Danica Bryant
On his latest release This Is My Year, pop newcomer Jason Parker calls back to the cheerful anthems of early 2000s pop, firmly announcing 2021 as his moment to be “happy again”. After appearances with TVNZ’s Popstars and Wellington’s Peachy Keen festival, Parker now sets out to shape his own brave, colourful identity in Aotearoa’s bustling music landscape.
Read More...
Sofia Machray - Single Review: The Untold
23 Sep 2021 // by Danica Bryant
Wellington’s “singer-songwriter gone rogue”, Sofia Machray, crafts a spacious indie ballad with her latest release, The Untold. The track is highly reminiscent of bands like Daughter and Placebo, the former of which Machray cites as an influence.
Read More...
YAHYAH - Single Review: Little Joy
23 Sep 2021 // by Danica Bryant
Named after a beloved bar in Los Angeles, Little Joy is the latest from pop singer-songwriter YAHYAH, reminiscing on the girls’ nights of her four-year stint living overseas. After writing professionally for other artists with Genuine Music Group, YAHYAH turns her eye back to her own artistry with this track.
Read More...
EM/FM - Single Review: Close Enough
28 Aug 2021 // by Danica Bryant
From the library of mysterious Kaitaia artist EM/FM, Close Enough is a synth-filled slow jam, introduced by its bright retro wave artwork which visually represents the track’s creative blend of machine-generated instrumentation with traditional jazz.Close Enough offers a unique song structure, with its groovy chorus not hitting until just before the two minute mark, and a lengthy final chorus section.
Read More...
Alba Rose - Single Review: Eve
26 Aug 2021 // by Danica Bryant
The captivating hook of Alba Rose’s debut single, Eve, warns listeners of the likelihood that they will be “swept away”. It’s a truthful mission statement for a track which introduces Rose as a soloist, outside of her performances in Wellington band Corduroy.
Read More...
Louis TM - Single Review: Mercedes Car
19 Aug 2021 // by Danica Bryant
After years backing other artists on the keys, Louis TM is out to make his own mark on the musical world as a soloist. The resulting track, Mercedes Car, is a biting track directed at wasted wealth, carefully crafted with the help of Tiny Triumph Recordings, JJ Golden and Diver Records.
Read More...
View All Articles By Danica Bryant

NZ Top 10 Singles

  • COLD HEART (PNAU REMIX)
    Elton John And Dua Lipa
  • LOVE NWANTITI (AH AH AH)
    CKay
  • INDUSTRY BABY
    Lil Nas X feat. Jack Harlow
  • STAY
    The Kid LAROI And Justin Bieber
  • BAD HABITS
    Ed Sheeran
  • SHIVERS
    Ed Sheeran
  • HEAT WAVES
    Glass Animals
  • HAPPIER THAN EVER
    Billie Eilish
  • MEET ME AT OUR SPOT
    THE ANXIETY, WILLOW And Tyler Cole
  • WOMAN
    Doja Cat
View the Full NZ Top 40...
muzic.net.nz Logo
100% New Zealand Music
All content on this website is copyright to muzic.net.nz and other respective rights holders. Redistribution of any material presented here without permission is prohibited.
Report a ProblemReport A Problem