By Molly Much
Rikroshi’s eponymous album “Rikroshi” has something for everyone, no matter who you are or what you like.
Made up of Darryl Schomberg II (drums) and Tessa Bennetch (vocals, piano, guitar), Rikroshi is Austin’s latest, greatest musical force — and they’ve barely even hit the scene. The two began collaborating in 2015 on their newest darkwave/dream-pop album, playing a few shows along the way, and they’re finally poised to drop their self-titled debut tomorrow.
The duo nicknamed “Rikroshi” its “BIG BERTHA ALBUM!!!!!!” It’s an apt nickname: the CD is a beast of a project. While most albums have a fairly constant musical thread, Schomberg and Bennetch have been fearlessly experimental on their first go-round. An undeniably sorrowful, eerie tone connects the album’s 10 tracks. Sometimes the ensuing sound is dreamy and contemplative, placing the listener in the autumn sunshine. Other songs are so emotionally arresting as to keep listeners up at night, pondering their lives in solidarity. But then, the following song could drastically shift the mood once again, reminding the listener of youthfulness and naivety. Each track is an individual emotional and auditory experience, yet “Riskroshi” functions as a cohesive piece of music from start to finish.
Driving home the powerful images in these songs are Bennetch’s breathy vocals and the duo’s emotive, dynamic instrumentals. Schomberg’s intense rhythms make each song feel strong and forceful, while Bennetch’s clever guitar/piano combination both lulls and jolts the listener. It’s clear the duo knows how to wail on their instruments, but they can also strip down a track to its most elemental aspects. The result is a mystical, introspective feeling that few other bands possess.
If you simply cannot wait for “Rikroshi” to drop tomorrow, digital pre-orders are available, which include immediate downloads of “Always Enough,” “Watercolor” and “City Drags.” Once you listen to these singles on repeat and inevitably still want more, check out the beautiful, abstract videos for “Watercolor” and “Always Enough.” Prepare to be dazzled.