Stream: RONiiA – RONiia (Release Show Tonight!)
There is a wave of lo-fi, murky electronic R&B happening right now, and local trio RONiiA seemed hell-bent on being the murkiest of them all. The hushed melodies and barren electronic soundscapes are whipped up by Mark McGee (Father You See Queen, Marijuana Deathsquads, To Kill a Petty Bourgeoisie) and Fletcher Barnhill (FUGITIVE), and are woven together with the brittle but commanding vocals of Nona Marie Invie from Dark Dark Dark. It is a shadowy and engrossing venture into a heart of darkness, with Invie’s vocals bubbling above the barren landscape. The album is only seven tracks long, but has a gravitas and density that makes it feel larger than its collective sum. This is an album for late at night, and has a controlled intensity that shows a group of musicians using pop minimalism to create an intriguing collection of songs.