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Gold

by Riki

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Eric Clay
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Eric Clay Riki proves that her surprise classic debut album wasn’t a fluke with this dazzling follow up. Stylistically, Gold takes a step beyond her dance-oriented goth/darkwave roots, but the sublime song craft, inventive reinterpretation of retro influences, bold sensuality, and singularly beautiful voice are all unmistakably Riki. Alchemy of the heart. Favorite track: Sonar.
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Ash-covered Ghoul Riki's two LPs are among my favorite recordings of all time, of any genre. Perfect blends of New Wave/New Romantic, goth, dance, and pop, Riki's work is timeless in a way that the mere cliche of calling it "timeless" simply cannot convey. She deftly avoids the usual sophomore slump here by bringing in elements which add a lushness to her musical style without making it feel either rushed or bloated. And that "Porque Te Vas" cover! What a welcome choice! Favorite track: It's No Secret.
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Robert Blair Wow! Excellent album , nice tempos and catchy chorus. Very nicely produced. Favorite track: Lo.
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Lo 04:04
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Marigold 03:14
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Sonar 03:35
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Last Summer 03:48
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Viktor 04:39
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West coast new romantic icon Riki returns with her 2nd simulacrum of pitch-perfect synth-pop, aptly titled for the precious substance it is: Gold. Inspired by notions of symbolic power, letting go, and transmutable realms of the heart, the album further refines her rare gift for making swooning melancholia as anthemic as it atmospheric. Working with Telefon Tel Aviv co-founder Josh Eustis at his Pasadena studio, the sessions unfolded fluidly and fruitfully, focusing on “quieter moments” and refining the record’s palette and voice. Occasional interruption from a nearby flock of wild parrots infused a mood of California dreaming, purple sunsets dissolving into deepening neon night.

Like all the most elusive pop, Riki’s songcraft is simultaneously direct and oblique, dynamic and detached, shifting from sparkling chorus to elliptical outro according to its own poetic logic. She characterizes her lyrical muse as “very much what’s going on in my life, things I wanted to say but didn’t have the platform.” This subcurrent of dream fulfillment animates the melodies with a specificity and immediacy that transcends her pantheon of 80’s influences: from Saâda Bonaire and Strawberry Switchblade to Bryan Ferry, Bananarama, and beyond. Gold skews less dance floor than her instant classic 2020 debut but taken as a collection it’s equally stirring, stylish, and exquisitely produced. Evocatively layered arrangements of drum machinery, sequencer, fretless bass, grey sky guitar, saxophone, and FX, anchored by Riki’s singular voice, alternately widescreen and wounded, yearning beyond time for ecstasies both fleeting and forever: “Thought I knew you, but you’ve gone far away / it’s not in your nature to stay / but the thought that I need you, grows stronger every day / the colors begin / to change.”

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released November 26, 2021

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