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Vyktoria Pratt Keating


Country of origin:

U.S.

Type of music generally:

Evocative/eclectic

Status:

Most recent release, Errant Fairies & Murderous Maidens (live, 2011); most recent studio release, things that fall from the sky (2003)

See also:

Vyktoria Pratt Keating's site

Comparisons:

Kate Bush, Victoria Williams

Covers/own material:

Own

General comments:

Very cool, very ecto stuff. Hard not to compare her to certain ectophilic goddesses. (stjarnell@yahoo.com)

Kind of fairy folk pop. (I like the "Nanci Griffith meets Lost in Space" comment in her bio.) (neal)

Comments about live performance:

Opener Vyktoria Pratt Keating seemed promising. She's from VA, had a pleasant folky style and some clever tunes. Someone at the show told her she sounded just like October Project, which is a fine compliment, despite having absolutely no bearing on reality. (c. 1999, neal)

Recommended first album:

Any

Recordings:


Blue Apples

Release info:

1993, re-released 1996—Prime CD

Availability:

See Vyktoria Pratt Keating's site

Ecto priority:

Recommended

Group members:

Vicky Pratt Keating—vocals, guitar

Guest artists:

Bob Read—keyboards, percussion
Pete Kennedy—guitars
Robert Jospé—drums, percussion
Dennis Espantman—bass
Paddy Keenan—uillean pipes
Rick Schmidt—violin, cello, viola
Akira Otsuka—mandolin
Sam Henze—electric guitar
Fred Boyce—banjo
Bob Vasile—bazouki

Comments:

Blue Apples is a very nice CD. She has a very pretty voice, and some very good songs. I'm reminded at times of Joni Mitchell, especially on 'Shoot for the Moon'. (sspan)

Blue Apples features some beautiful songs, a lovely voice, and instruments from guitar to cello to uillean pipes—in short, very Ectoid stuff. (rlewis@adnc.com)

I went and got this CD after reading an article in a local paper for a show that she was going to be doing. Kate Bush and Nanci Griffith were listed as comparisons, I guess in terms of describing her voice. She sounds like Nanci at times, and the music is her own, but overall the CD didn't grab me much. I enjoy the first two songs; the second one, "n.y. 10/11/91" is especially nice. Very sad, but nice. There are some other moments here and there that show she is talented, her songs are ok, but too fairly generic. (alundra@netos.com)


This Guardian At Noon

Release info:

1997—Diaphanous Records

Availability:

See Vyktoria Pratt Keating's site

Ecto priority:

Recommended

Group members:

Vyktoria Pratt Keating—all acoustic guitars, vocals, dumbek, drums, bells, chimes

Guest artists:

J. Christian Quick—bass, sitar, keyboards, bowed cymbals, drums
Jay Miles—drums (7)
Tom Downey—bass (7)
Jason Quick—flute (7)
Bob Kloss— drums (8)
Nathan Burke— bass (8)

Produced by:

Vyktoria Pratt Keating and Christian Quick

Comments:

The album is a bit new agey (which goes with the name change from Vicky to Vyktoria), but not annoyingly so. It's got the same pretty vocals you talk about, and a lot of interesting instruments, in particular some nice textured percussion stuff (tiny cymbals, chimes, bells). There is also a hilarious song about her dreams of rock stars. (neal)

things that fall from the sky

Release info:

2003—diaphanous—014

Availability:

See website for availability

Ecto priority:

Highly recommended

Group members:

Vyktoria Pratt Keating—vocals, guitar

Guest artists:

Andrew Giddings—arrangements

Produced by:

Andrew Giddings

Comments:

Vyktoria Pratt Keating sings quirky lyrics to unusual melodies. She has a distinctive resemblance to Kate Bush, but there's a Victoria Williams influence to her as well. The spaced-out words and accessible tunes cohabit this record well.
     The shimmering strands of "Pluto Pluto" sound just fine. "Sleepy Cat's Song" is just what it says and quite adorable with it. "Black helicopters" gives a sci-fi slant to Kate Bush's eighties sound. "Here I am, waitress to the dead" begins "You and me". It's a great opening line and a nice song.
     It's hard to put a label on this music, but it's fine whatever you call it. (stjarnell@yahoo.com)

Further info:

Write: PO Box 51, Sperryville, VA 22740, USA, vyktoria@sedona.net


Thanks to Anna Maria Stjärnell for work on this entry.

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