Violeta Vicci - Autovia


You often hear me gushing about todos’ mixes. If you don’t then, (lucky you!) you can experience his latest for yourself here. But point being, todos has an amazing ear for creating vivid ambient excursions along with finding beautiful music amongst all the madness.

It was todos latest mix that led me to discover this track (and album) by violinist and composer Violeta Vicci.

Like many violinists and experts in their field, it sounds like Violeta Vicci (full name Violeta Barrena-Witschi) has honed her craft in the presence of the very best. Just a quick glance at her bio reads like a classical-music virtuoso resume, and her Discogs one-liner is a knock out by anyones accounts: “She has collaborated with artists such as Thom Yorke, Elbow, Jonny Greenwood, Clint Mansell, Baxter Dury, One Eskimo, Eliza Doolittle, Sophie Ellis Bextor and Pink” …

But Autovia is surprisingly Violeta’s debut album, produced with the expert hand and ears of Martin “Youth” Glover (Killing Joke), who appears to have pushed from a purely classical world into a more avant-garde, electronic guise.

The track that led me to discover Violeta, ‘Violet Light’ has the innovative and ambient qualities of a Nils Frahm, the poise and talent of a composer like Max Richter (especially his Vivaldi reworks) and the instrumental technique of a cellist like Julia Kent. Those are all references so you know where to start with Violeta, not comparisons - essentially this record continues in this guise to various degrees, some more soundtrack, some even more euphoric, and is not to be missed.

Available via the label Painted Word on vinyl and digital.