LIZ DAVINCI - Pax Victoria

ARTIST: Liz Davinci
TITLE: Pax Victoria
LABEL: self-released
RELEASE DATE: 23.01.2021
GENRE: Alternative / Dark Pop
COUNTRY / CITY: München / Germany
RUNNING TIME: 39:47
RATING: 8 / 10


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At the centre of the concept album "Pax Victoria" is a fictional character named Victoria, whose worldly Californian life was interrupted by an all-consuming love affair that led her into the world of underground crime where she had to choose between right and wrong. The album starts with the two single releases "While They Prey" and "Joni Blue". The first is characterised by the cinematic string intro into the song and the melancholic mood that hovers over the entire song. "Joni Blue" on the other hand sounds more playful, catchier and is one of the first highlights on the record. There are eleven songs on the album, all of which are rather calm, but offer a certain range in terms of style, from slightly more experimental pieces to catchy songs. This is nice because variety is provided. For example there is the melancholic "Oh God", the almost happy "10:23", which reminded me of a song from the musical, Mary Poppins, in the chorus, and "The Club", a song dominated by Liz Davinci's voice which reflects everything that characterises many pieces: gentle melody, catchy and all of this with a lot of depth.


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This music always has its strong moments when it represents a composition - a unity, with the voice in connection with the piano. And these moments are to be found, for example, in "6am" and "The Stars With You". And if you like something a bit different, you will also find it on this album. There are tracks like "Delete", for example, which, in contrast to the vocals, provide a driving rhythm. A song that wants to express a kind of indecision or "Deserted", which also turns out to be more difficult to access. Sometimes a little more spherical and less catchy, these pieces set counterpoints to the harmonies of other songs. Another highlight that can make buying this album a worthwhile investment is the track "Life's Hard (a nightmare)". Liz Davinci manages to create a captivating atmosphere here. The final piece "Downfall" shows a greatly explored dynamic that builds up and breaks down nicely. Above all, it is the variety and the many ideas that set "Pax Victoria" apart from the crowd.



TRACKLIST:
While They Prey
Joni Blue
Oh God
10:23
The Club
6am
The Stars With You
Delete
Life's Hard (a nightmare)
Deserted
Downfall

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