LV Riga – Avantgarde Pop / Electronica / Experimental / Dream Pop / Live-Looping
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Gig History
24 May / 2019 Seven Hills Rezekne, LV
25 May / 2019 Rīgas Cirks Rīga, LV
Label / Release Type Year
Elizabete Balčus
Ee70bc854d976412f5dcb297a04807d9c63a9261 Conarium Album 2016
Db9eedfe6a0a347b1664f892bb3858eeb6d82173 Elizabete Balčus - EP Single 2011
Wall of Sound
378fb590d3295289e388f73b98c8e7f88f7b22cd Ika Single 2018
No Agency
Elizabete Balčus
Press Text
ELIZABETE BALČUS is a Latvian musician and performance artist who creates neo-psychedelic dream pop from surprising, collaged, genre juxtapositions that is simultaneously melodic and experimental.

She works with a strong visual aesthetic that draws upon modern surrealism, contemporary fashion and geometric imagery. Elizabete attended Latvian Academy of Music in order to study classical and jazz flute, plus opera vocal in Rome’s Santa Cecilia Academy. Anything is permitted in her musical cosmos: looping flute and voice, clicking electro pop beats and playing vegetables as a synthesizer, leaving the listener in a blissed out trance like state, somewhere between the waking and sleeping. Live performances engage the audience with a psychedelic and theatrical situation that is as befuddling as it is mesmerizing.

"The vibe is so transcendent in places you feel you are in motion listening to it, transported in a stupor through some faerie glade and awake before you have time to register what has happened." - The Quietus

“While the likes of Bjork, Efterklang and Braids are audible influences, Balčus is creating her own path in music that feels unique and has the potential to see her become a major international star.” - Gigwise

“A performance closer to performance art rather than conventional music. I was fascinated to see what was coming next. Definitely a “marmite” act (i.e. you’ll either love it or hate it), but either way she is not likely to care too much.” - Art in Brighton

“There’s a lot of clever pedal trickery here as she loops her trusted flute against a wall of synthesizers and the veg plot. It’s like crazy guitar shredding but on a wind instrument and it’s genuinely hypnotizing.” - The 405

“From just down the road in Riga and dealing in sparse freak electronics creating sparse and tripped out soundscapes, Elizabete Balčus delivers her wonk digital with a perfect kooky dress code and stage presence.” - Louder than War

“Cocteau Twins meets Bjork. Great arrangement and gorgeous vocals” - Vehlinggo

“Overall the album is a hazy, dreamy sonic delight (with just enough surprises) which leaves the listener in a blissed out trance like state, somewhere between the waking and sleeping as the album title suggests.” - Sounds Magazine

“...Her electro-pop inclinations often hardwired and intensive, with the flute improvisations of “Behind the Castle” mixing with a beat that could match Portishead’s “Machine Gun” if it wanted to. These kind of moments show Balčus sowing together total opposites, putting herself in untenable positions -- free jazz jams and stringent rhythmic policies -- in the name of a very particular kind of pop music. It’s a fantastic, weird record, possibly unlike anything you’ve heard. A triumph of fanfare and fury with a patchwork discipline” - NormanRecords