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Valiska – On Pause

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

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.

“Most experiences have different layers to them – the album reflects this complexity”

– Valiska

Heavy Riser / 2017

Footage: Krzysztof Sujata, Francis Redman
Edited: Francis Redman

Heavy Riser / 2018

Krzysztof Sujata

Valiska – Four Loops tour and ‘Water’ performance

Benji B – BBC Radio 1

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

Grainy reflections echo Tim Hecker’s soundscapes or Boards of Canada’s melancholic warmth
Mojo Magazine (October 2017)

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

Over six minutes Valiska creates a wordless narrative engaging in loss and devastation.

Andrew Hannah – The Line of Best Fit


Meditative and internalized, the album pulls your thoughts and feelings from your innermost parts; brings them out in the light, packs them up neatly, and sends them away.

Piano And Coffee


Krzysztof Sujata

Selected kit list.

Moog Sub 37 Synthesizer
Moog Mother-32 Semi-modular Synthesizer
Tascam 202mkV Cassette Tape Deck + Normal Bias Cassette Tapes
Zoom H2 Portable Recorder (for field-recordings)
Electronics and Pedals


Rafael Anton Irisarri

 Selected kit list.

ProTools (DAW)
FabFilter ProQ2
CraneSong HEDD192
Maselec Transfer Console
Millennia EQ (in solid state mode)
PS3 Mastering Compressor
Manley Massive Passive EQ
Manley VariMu mastering compressor/limiter
HEDD 192

Vinyl Cut

Simon Davey – The Exchange Vinyl


Selected kit list.

Audioquest Silver Cables
Esoteric Audio Research (EAR) valve eq’s
Neumann VMS80 Lathe with Neumann SX74 cutterhead
Tannoy DMT II Monitors
McIntosh 60 Valve Power Amps.

Born to a new dawn, forward to tomorrow.