Armed with a symphonic keyboard and a ton of loop and delay machines, former P:ano and Choir Practice collaborator Larissa Loyva employs softly loping rhythms, crisscrossing vocal harmonies, heaps of synth sounds and ethereal melodies to create a cocktail of otherworldly pop on Flamingo, her first album as Kellarissa. The Canadian indie artist’s voice ranges from girlish and playful (“Flamingo”) to soft and serene (“I’ll Sing of Kings”) to hypnotic and even possessed (“Carrying On”); her multi-layered harmonies slice through the muted synth lines of the standout “Night Wind,” a meditation on—you guessed it—night wind. The title track has a pastel 1950s pop sheen to it while the vocoder effects, circular keyboard patterns, and simple drum loop and synth bassline of “Tiny Things” recall the electronic pop popularized by bands like Air. The final stretch of the very brief Flamingo consists of a series of dirges, including the organ-filled “When Did I Become…” and “Sun Song,” the meditative chant “Virta Vie,” and the traditional Finnish song “Taivas on Sininen ja Valkoinen,” a sequencing move that threatens to—but doesn’t quite—sink the entire album, and though Flamingo manages to maintain a certain cohesiveness throughout, its individual tracks are largely hit or miss.
- Slant is reaching more readers than ever before, but advertising revenue across the Internet is falling fast, hitting independently owned and operated publications like ours the hardest. We’ve watched many of our fellow media sites fall by the way side in recent years, but we’re determined to stick around.
We’ve never asked our readers for financial support before, and we’re committed to keeping our content free and accessible—meaning no paywalls or subscription fees. If you like what we do, however, please consider becoming a Slant patron.
You can also make a one-time donation via PayPal: