Rolko – “Vicky Dreams”


“Vicky Dreams” is a delectably eerie track from Miami-based artist Rolko, releasing ahead of upcoming debut album Hidden Hotel Rooms. Wordless vocal haunts and a nocturnal synth arpeggio craft an intriguing sound from the get-go, the vocals emerging alongside bass/drum fixations prior to the chilling synth involvement. The synth fragments and retrospective lyrics — speaking of going to a “higher place,” — excel past the mid-section especially, with the three-minute mark seeing atmospheric emphasis that reminds fondly of Depeche Mode’s production. “Vicky Dreams” conjures a decisively memorable soundscape and sense of eeriness throughout.

Rolko explains further about the track’s background below:

“‘Vicky Dreams’ lyrics and aesthetics were inspired by a trip to Peru back in 2015 which took me down a rabbit hole of experiences into the shamanic world of ritual medicines. At the time I was searching for meaning and soulful answers while being alluded to cyberpunk novels and movies. Vicky is a fictional character encountering a spiritual map and an awakening into her troubled subconscious mind.”

“Vicky Dreams” and other memorable tracks from this month can also be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of April 2021’ Spotify playlist.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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