Pledge Psychodrama is an interesting and seductive gem of a track which pulled me in with its air of mystery. A landscape of dense, woozy electronica gradually unfolds, laying down a comforting wash of sound. It doesn’t surprise me that it popped up on Gideon Coe’s show on Radio 6 Music as it’s ideal material for late evening listening.
After a languidly paced introduction, the spoken-word vocals commence. From the unfolding narrative, we slowly deduce that something has gone very wrong. There’s an air of tension, bitterness and resignation in the vocal delivery. This is a tale with a sting in it… “you broke the pledge” the voice intones. “The promises we made seem hollow now. You broke the pledge.“
Pledge Psychodrama is the title track on the new EP of the same name by RKB Vitesse, aka London based producer Oliver Marchant. This, his second work comes after his debut album was unveiled in December 2020, called The More You Love Yourself The More You Will be Loved.
It was released on Vitamin Concept, the label Oliver co-runs with Serafina Steer. RKB Vitesse have been described as makers of “transiently euphoric electro doom bangers”. RKB Vitesse presents a monthly radio show called Vitamins – with Chooc Ly, outlookexplorer and Ammonite – on Internet Public Radio, and makes up one half of wide vista sound and DJ duo Open Windows.
Pledge Pyschodrama is available via digital services and as part of Lost Map’s PostMap Club subscription service. LOST MAP RECORDS was established by founder and director Johnny Lynch, who lives on the isle of Eigg, Scotland