Inspired by origami and paper craft, Christa Vi’s new EP, Makeshift Happiness, creates something beautiful and bright out of the ordinary, futile optimism, and fragility of the existentialist everyday. The record is resplendent with a peppy positivity as vibrant as the redhead the song lyrics were spurn from. Contemplative, reflective lyrics and Florence Welch wispy new romantic vocals hook onto a driving, electronic melody; reticent of Oh Land and the like. The moody Germanic undercurrent and Australian optimism of her two home countries have blended with the flux, grit and shift of new base London to create a unique brand of lyric-driven, synth-centric, electronic indie pop in a record preoccupied with making the best of life’s hard knocks.
Headed up with the eponymous title track, the EP also includes a radio edit and remixes by L.A. dweller Small Pyramids (Glasgow Underground) and renowned beat-master DJ AMTRAC who brings textured, sizzling and liquid layers to his evocative remix.
Released on her own record label, Tangelo Records, Vi often handpicks guest producers to pepper her music and has spent years honing her sound with Box of Wolves, Ben Salter and AIMES. This time she has teamed up to co-produce with the multi-instrumentalist mastermind Andrew McDonnell (Crystal FIghters, Petite Noir, Suns). This collaborative interest in crafting feeds into her video and album artwork with pastel-toned illustrative cover art by Erin Greer a video by Chris Turner / Favourite Colour Black.
It may be making music makeshift, but it is certainly not make do.
Makeshift Happiness, EP by Christa Vi, will be released 25th September on Tangelo Records. It can be preordered here: