It seems as if Michael Figucio is on a roll. His musical project known as Vi Res released the excellent Cold Century onto the world less than a month ago, and now he’s dropped yet another full-length LP. After the darkly lit Century(with moments of light throughout), the self-titled Vi Res takes a turn into deep space. It’s yet another impressive release from the prolific Figucio and Vi Res.
As the album cover would imply, it seems there’s a battle raging somewhere at the end of the galaxy, with explosions and glowing horizons. If this was a long lost Hollywood production, Vi Res would be the perfect score for that film. Hard-driving synths, electronic rhythms, and just the right amount of 80s optimism(especially in “Fallout”) to push you to root for the underdog. It feels like a score for the ultimate dystopian tale, like if Year Zero had been heavily influenced by 80s Tangerine Dream.
Besides “Fallout”, the tracks are titled as numbers, each one a door into some undisclosed mysterious musical realm. “One” pulsates like Zombi and Froese’s Le Parc. It definitely feels like a proper entry point into the world of Vi Res. “Two” continues that late 70s/early 80s sci fi vibe, with a little more emphasis on dread. A hard-driving rhythm steps in to move the track along nicely. The aforementioned “Fallout” rings with an 80s hopeful optimism. Those familiar with Le Matos’ Chronicles of the Wasteland will find much to love here.
It’s not all 80s-inspired synth. “Three” has an almost industrial lean to it, with early NIN echoing throughout, while “Seven” steps in with an electro/disco beat. “Ten” starts out as pure pop and turns into an almost laser gun drone that dissipates into the ether. “Four” is the epic piece here. At over 14 minutes it’s a slow drip of crackling synth and anticipation that feels like a menacing walk into some great unknown. A theme for desolation.
Vi Res is yet another stellar release from Michael Figucio. He captures moods and vibes with precision. Where Cold Century lived within a cold, dark musical space, Vi Res sounds like a score to some long lost Carpenter-inspired post-apocalyptic film. Escape From New York, but on some forgotten planet. Desolation and exploration blend well here to give us a real sci fi musical journey.
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7.7 out of 10