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Valiska

On Pause

“Its deeply humanistic expression through such integrative mechanical means represents a step forward in the genre, and is a cathartic and engaging listening experience regardless.” 
Scott Gray
Exclaim.ca
“Rainy tones leak out of the music, but so does a careful optimism, and the music’s had the opportunity to grow during its time of hardship” 
Ben Catchpole
Fluid Radio
“a captivating, charming, and magnetic work.” 
Headphone Commute
“a very short fragment from it (On Pause) I really love” 
Mary Anne Hobbs
Recommends 'Interlude' on BBC6 Music
Over six minutes Valiska creates a wordless narrative engaging in loss and devastation.
Andrew Hannah
The Line of Best Fit

 

Born in Poland but now based out of Calgary, Canada, Valiska creates gritty, overcast soundscapes inspired by the likes of Tim Hecker, Rafael Anton Irisarri, and Grouper. Although his hometown is often overshadowed by other Canadian cities such as Montreal, Valiska has been part of an insular but slowly expanding scene, exploring strands of experimental drone and ambient.

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.

Analog saturation, reflection, and letting go, On Pause presents an emotively biographical album.