Sitar and punk guitar, electronic dance beats and retro synth and a little tabla make up the basis of Viva K’s self-titled debut album. I can guarantee you’ve never heard anything like this before.
Somewhere between hauntingly beautiful and exceptionally mind-expanding, Viva K delivers a rare and unusual sound that will have you feeling like you’re floating over an endless sea of atmospheric pleasure.
Ween Callas’ vocals range between sex-kitten purrs and punk girl roars that work perfectly on some tracks (“Splendor”, “Porch Raga” “Just One More” and “Ming”) while on others I can’t help but wish Callas was silent so we could hear the mesmerizing instrumental work in the background.
The Los Angeles band’s name is a reference to Vivekananda, the first philosopher from India to bring Eastern thought to the West, and was formed in the wake of the death of George Harrison. Harrison, much like Vivekananda, was able to successfully fuse Eastern influence into the west and in Harrison’s case, it was modern rock music.
Viva K has been compared to Siouxie and the Banshees, P.J. Harvey, the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s and others.
Complete track listing:
No Better Time
Does It Matter?
We Are Safe
Light Light Light
Who Are You
Just One More