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On Pause

by Valiska

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Q-Burns Abstract Message Mystery is his story, or at least the story embedded within this album. Lonely tones, intimate and drawing close — still, these are beamed-in feelings seemingly captured on wrinkled tape. Listening here is a private pleasure. A vital release. Favorite track: Softness.
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Sergio Díaz De Rojas I am not overreacting when I say this is one of the best albums I have ever listened to. Favorite track: A Pause.
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michael harvey A stunningly beautiful album.
The vinyl edition is quite literally a joy to behold. Favorite track: Forever.
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1am 2am 3am 4 Gorgeous set of tracks with a visceral feel. Favorite track: Mornings.
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    One of 10 test pressings of On Pause from The Vinyl factory. Housed in a laser cut and hand assembled black sleeve with Trouble in Utopia cut logo. We made 8 of these, 6 of which of these will be sold.

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about

On Pause is Valiska’s most personal work to date, and consists of eight tracks that recount a series of life-changing events that occurred between 2016 and 2017. Charting this journey of loss and upheaval, the music is melancholic and at times painfully stark but does not dwell in dischord - with passages of optimism, hope, and even fleeting euphoria.

“Most experiences have different layers to them, things that used to be infuriating can become running jokes or fond memories - the album reflect this complexity and should connect to a listener's memories or experiences. To me, it’s also not a sombre or gloomy album for the most part, maybe introspective, but rarely in a sad way.”

This LP takes a sound palette used in previous works with the Moog Sub 37 synthesizer, which takes centre stage on the album, using tape looping techniques to build progression and variety in simple melodic ideas. The sound put through tape distorts and fractures as it disintegrates under its unpredictable materiality. Working with the confines presented by the medium, the album possesses both a structural and aesthetic clarity all brought together by the wash of analog hiss, crackles and warps.

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released October 13, 2017

Released by: Trouble in Utopia
All tracks by Valiska (Calgary, CA)
Mastered by Rafael Anton Irisarri at Black Knoll Studio (New York, U.S)
Vinyl Cut By Simon Davey - The Exchange Vinyl (Devon, UK)

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