Vyktoria Pratt Keating | Things That Fall From The Sky

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Things That Fall From The Sky

by Vyktoria Pratt Keating

"Alluring, inventive, poetic, surreal.some of the most freehanded, lithe and resilient music around." The Washington Post
Genre: Rock: Progressive Rock
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1. Disembodied Voices on Tape
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2. Spider
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3. Pluto Pluto
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4. Strange Mistake
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5. Frogs
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6. Yer Dead
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7. Holy Day
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8. The Voice and The Drum
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9. Sleepy Cat's Song
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10. Black Helicopters
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11. You and Me
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12. I Am
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
"Whether wrapped in the luscious textures of Andrew Giddings' production or lonely as a new-born lamb at Christmas with only a well-travelled acoustic guitar for company, Vyktoria Pratt Keating never fails to deliver the message. The touching, provocative and observational songs pierce the heart, the soul and - if you buy this record - the wallet.

Truly the troubadour, VPK combines age-old songstress seduction with technical expertise and offers up the musings of the thinking, feeling and sometimes vulnerable female presence, so much a part of contemporary music making."

Ian Anderson
Jethro Tull
England, 2003


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Neal Brooks

An elixer, administered through the ears.
It's like sweet and sticky and invigorating. You just want to surround yourself with speakers while sitting blindfolded. This is one of those recordings which you can't listen to just one hit and ignore the rest, or play tracks at random. Like a movie or a play, you start at the beginning and stay 'till the end while it takes you on a journey.

Slawman57

Fresh music, nicely rendered, reveals more with every listen!
Heard a selection from this CD on Radio Paradise (www.radioparadise.com) and purchased shortly after. VPK and co-conspirator AG seem to have abandoned every cliche' in the book on this CD, which is a wonderful thing! Combining complex arrangements with memorable melodies and eclectic lyrics, this sonic marvel is a treat for the ears, head, and heart, revealing more and varied levels of detail and meaning with each listening. Highly recommended!

Vlad Reinfeldt

My best musical find in recent years
I don't have enough words to give a proper praise to this
terrific CD (because English is not my native language) but I'd try anyway...
I would start with the production.
From the very first song it's clear that this is an expertly produced album - lush soundscapes, excellent choices of various electronic timbres and effects, and great arrangements that serve the songs perfectly.
I always had a suspicion that Andrew Giddings is one talented cat... Well, now I know that for sure! With this release he wrote himself in the list of the very best music producers out there. (Actually I didn't know he is THAT good!) lol
Now the artist.
I must say that this is my first encounter with VPK...
She sings just beautifully. Imagine a "vocal symbiosis" of Kate Bush, Suzan Vega, Aimee Mann and Candice Night...
She also is very good at guitar! Her guitar parts are precise, tasty and have a lot of little embellishments and surprises. Actually a lot of acoustic guitars surrounded by cool electronic sounds is one of the album's overall highlights.
And finally the songs.
They are folky, arty (is there such the word?), always melodic and as a result - uniformly enjoyable. Not a bad one on this CD!
My personal favorites are: "Disembodied Voices On
Tape", "Spider", "Frogs", "Yer Dead", "Black Helicopters", and the wonderful "The Voice And the Drum" (which could be written by no others than Peter Gabriel and Jan Anderson!).
In conclusion: "Things That Fall From the Sky" is a perfect creative "marriage" of Viktoria's and Andrew's talents and I really hope these two will proceed working together. Lovers of PPP (Perfect Progressive Pop) would eat "Things That Fall From the Sky" alive! lol

Tom C

Why isn't she famous?
I first encountered Vyktoria Pratt Keating in a very small club in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. In most small clubs, the performers can be safely ignored. I'll admit that even had she never started singing I couldn't have ignored her, she is simply lovely -- earthy-pretty red-haired Irish peasant with a great ironic intelligent smile.
When she started singing she took just about all my attention. It was like listening to an undiscovered Joni Mitchell in some Canadian dive in 1965. Between sets I asked her why she wasn't famous, a subject on which she has considered opinions. Wonderfully quick mind, great sense of humor, a completely alive woman. After the last set I bought two of her CDs.
This latest CD might be her best.
I have listened to her CDs now for maybe two hundred hours, repeating individual songs again and again on my stereo and my computer. She obviously impressed the hell out of Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson, and she continues to impress the hell out of me.

Malcolm

Terrific, reminded my son and I of the gig with J-TULL
We saw Vyktoria live in England in 1999 - enjoyed her songs especially 'Spider' - took a long time to track down the CD - but well worth the wait - a refreshing change to to-days usual suspects - very different, very fresh!

Well done!

J. Mark Matthews

Wonderful arrangements of unique tunes.
On the first listen this CD seemed somewhat mediocre. On the second listen I appreciated the arrangements more. On the subsequent listens I was struck by the quirky melodies and chord progressions. Now that I have become familiar with the disc I can recommend it highly for the wonderful arrangements of unique tunes.

Paul Murtagh

One of the best CDs I've heard in ages.
This CD is a pleasure to listen to from start to finish. The CD opens with the wonderful Disembodied Voices On Tape and none of the succeeding tracks disappoint. Also worth a mention is the excellent production by Andy Giddings. Great stuff!

Dan

Things That Fall From The Sky
Hi Vyktoria,
I enjoyed what I heard today. I wish you would have Martin Barre play on your next album, and you sing on his next album. Being an artist, I have longed to do someone's album cover. How about yours? I live in Illinois (the USA). I look foreward to getting this album and others too.
Dan