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"Queen Victoria is doing a bedroom psych set that is wholly together... "Auld Lang Syne" reads like a Jandek meets Amon Duul situation, switching gears between the hazy light and lilting vocals of the verses and a more orchestrated psychedelic songwriter bent that by the end fully expands into an acoustic kraut rock jamboree with a heavy dose of Skip Spence delirium...beautifully recorded" - The Ear-Conditioned Nightmare


A man called Nick is behind Queen Victoria, and his “Auld Lang Syne” is a hermetic, homemade ragged psych-folk featuring brittle guitar and vocals that aim for the subtly epic, and often hit the mark. Each of the three tracks is strong, with the best being the opener, which is the title track.

"Auld Lang Syne" is a seven minute lo-fi dreamlike track, with the vocals passionately delivered, but with an Outsider’s sense of phrasing. The guitar, as it is throughout, is droning and sparse, but a constant counterpoint to the vocal melody.

"The Ornaments" is a subdued, almost romantic song, with a melody that almost approaches pop, and with vocals that for the most part keep up with the rhythm. It is a minor classic of smoldering emotion. More passionate than smoldering, "To See Him as Human" wraps up the set with a more rocking psych track that has a dreamy drone to it; it is the most evocative and passionate of the three. For this short but powerful 7”, that is saying a lot.

This is a soon-to-be-rarity not to be missed. 8/10 - Foxy Digitalis


'As far as the intended style goes, Malkin pulls it off with ease, treating listeners to a subdued listening environment whose barrenness coincides exceedingly well with his deeply soothing voice and the melancholic lyrical overtones he conveys. And while the style is done remarkably well, the aspect that has drawn me most toward the success of The Endless Night traces back to Malkin’s songwriting. It is not by any means an intricate affair, but he makes exceptional use of his instruments at hand. Considering that he was using nothing more than a 4-track, a few instruments, and two hands, the individualistic variety in the songwriting on The Endless Night is considerably impressive.' - Obscure Sound


Discography

The Endless Night (2007, LP, self-released)
In Heat (2009, EP, self-released)
Auld Lang Syne (2009, 7" single, Abaddon Records)
Apocalyptic Field Recordings (2009, EP, Abaddon Records)

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Queen Victoria was born out of a bedroom in New Jersey. The records are colored with the outsider sounds of folk and noise and drone, a disjointed and minimalist approach influenced by Leonard Cohen, The Velvet Underground and Jandek. On stage, Queen Victoria becomes a three-piece and the noise is more aggressive and desperate with an emphasis on the electric guitar and elements of free-jazz.