You get the sense that they’ve learned how to utilise mail merge given the creepy, faux personal email that only a well executed database manouvre can produce. Fortunately, RIVKA are good enough to get away with it – a duo based in Pittsburgh that pitch themselves as a ‘Electronic Girl-Boy duo’, as if that description does them any justice at all. When the female half sings, they naturally turn to the default setting for anyone who’s got a man on synth with the opposite sex warbling in front of him as they ape Crystal Castle. It’s no bad thing, and they even manage to add a slightly camp edge to it, which rejuvinates it somewhat.
There are weak tracks – understandable as they’ve come out of nowhere with 9 of them – but it’s interesting to see how working with vocals alters the tracks, with the instrumentals that dominate the latter half being more introverted than anything else. Perhaps not suited for the deepest listen, but it’s eerily calming when it’s on in the background, maybe to have on whilst you’re working or doing something constructive with your life.
full album at http://rivka.bandcamp.com/album/rivka