"Really quite something" Dummy
“Sumptuous music packed with mood and colour” Clash
“A stream of sophisticated house and techno” Wonderland
Villette’s sophomore EP Hiraeth is a product of her cross-continental move from Istanbul to London. The title is a Welsh-language word, suggesting nostalgia and grief for lost places of the past. For Villette, it represents a further re-alignment with her new surroundings, or perhaps an unearthing of something that was always there deep within her. Musically, the EP showcases her love affair with modern classical composition combined with electronics. The influence of artists like Moderat and Kiasmos is apparent, as is the undertakings of running boutique avant-garde label Injazero Records.
EP opener To the Nighthouse is rooted in orchestral string arrangement, sampling Linnea Olsson - a Swedish multi-instrumentalist, best known and critically acclaimed as a cellist. It re-interprets Olsson’s track The Ocean, slicing and re-editing the original composition into a new identity - now a mechanical, electronic exterior with a warm and sophisticated heart. North and South pulses through an aggressive bass riff, while bouncing 4/4 patterns push away from the encircling darkness. The track marks Villette’s first experimentation with analogue synths and a love for intricate sound design. String samples - taken from Martin Phipps’ moving soundtrack to the BBC’s North and South TV serial - demonstrate Villette’s fascination with film score. These two tracks project Villette’s desire to break away from the glacial plains of her previous productions and find a new sense of urgency and euphoria.
Hiraeth follows a number of official remixes for the likes of German composer Hauschka (130701, City Slang, Temporary Residence), Christian Löffler (Ki Records, 2020 Vision), house producer Jan Blomqvist (Armada Music) and Lost Tribe’s Ambassadeurs, who also has his name on Hiraeth's engineering credits.
Villette has supported Christian Löffler at a sold-out show at Corsica Studios and played at Sonar Istanbul in 2017, as well as playing alongside John Talabot, Jan Blomqvist, Weval, Digitalism and The XX in her hometown.
All label profits from sales go to UK registered charity Room to Heal: roomtoheal.org