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Riki Shares New Track “Marigold” + Announces Second Album “Gold” Due 26th November via Dais Records

October 1, 2021
Photo credit: Dustin Edward Arnold


Shares video for ‘Marigold’

Second album Gold due 26/11 via Dais Records

West coast new romantic icon Riki has shared the video for ‘Marigold’, taken from her forthcoming second simulacrum of pitch-perfect synth-pop, aptly titled for the precious substance it is: Gold. Due 26th November via Dais Records.

‘Marigold’ is the first taste from the album: an idealised look at otherness becoming wholeness via dialogue between lovers.

The song features vocals from the album’s co-producer, Telefon Tel Aviv co-founder Joshua Eustis alongside the lavish and surreal-chic video direction of Muted Widows and Ryan Hogue.

This rhythmic pattern starts to emerge against the array of lush tones and more angular textures. The dreamy vocal melodies join the sublime atmosphere and the audience is hooked on the call and response attributes to the ensemble. Riki builds this immersive creation that oozes such character and alluring entities, surges of nostalgia can be found and related back to the synth notes. Meanwhile, the intimacy from the vocal notes brings this complex layer to this vision.

This vast landscape provides this intoxicating world you need to embrace in all its glory. Whilst the ethereal vocal harmonies cascade across the textures and bring this emotional pull.

West coast new romantic icon Riki returns with her second 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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