The ritualistic electronic art pop of Nixie Unterwelt is a breath of fresh air in a landscape often cluttered with sound-alikes. The ever-evolving brainchild of queer sonic witch Nixie Vly, the project is a transformative purging through sound. Her work aims to unearth the chthonic sacred feminine in defiance of gatekeeping by the same old forces of the patriarchy.
Nixie herself has described her aesthetic as somewhere between Rihanna and The Melvins, but the expressive, multi-character wails of avant garde legends like Yma Sumac, Jarboe and Diamanda Galas, or the constant reinvention of artists like Bjork and P.J. Harvey also come to mind. In a live setting, she can often be found in costume while singing into a headset using a vocal looper/effects processor, a computer running Ableton, and triggering song sections and tracks as well as playing samples and midi sounds through a keyboard, all the while acting as a conduit for forces larger than, yet very much a part of, her own diverse life experiences. She is invites the audience in, but does not compromise her unique, often unsettling vision. The songs are memorable and hypnotic. Live performances are augmented as technology allows by projected images, often from Nixie’s own prolific troves of visual artwork.
Nixie projects an effervescent confidence on stage. Her music and art plays on elemental, supernatural and mythological themes. Metaphysical hurricanes, tides of human belief and activity, ghosts repetitively rehashing memories they’re stuck on, healthy forest fires and the hidden corners of the human heart all play a part in her lush work. Hear and see it for yourself and become part of her underworld.