Singer-songwriter Kristy Clark and producer Olsi Rama merged their respective skills after several chance musical encounters in their shared Brixton studio. Clark’s sensual lyricism occupies a distinct space amidst Rama’s spectral sound design, striking a balance between haunting depth and inviting warmth. Throughout the EP’s four tracks, moments of pop clarity twist subtly into abstraction; vocals and sonics interlace and deviate much like the experimental films from which the duo draw inspiration.
‘Soul To Skin’ is equal parts sombre RnB balladry and slick exploratory electronic beat tape. The title track and album opener is cloaked in smooth, layered loops and blissful, contemplative textures that recall Mark Barrott and Bibio while the vocals focus on a much more intimate and seductive manner that you may expect to catch on a Solange track.
Although not a literal acronym, the name VTR pays tribute to the invention of the Video Tape Recorder, the first technology to offer simultaneous recording of audio and video.