Vaovao means »new« in Malagasy – one of the languages that Cologne-based musician Hanitra Wagner grew up with. Many things are new here: it is Wagner’s first solo music project (besides involvement in Ωracles and Die Heiterkeit) in which the multi-instrumentalist plays an executive role, finally determining for herself where the musical journey leads. This journey leads through synthesiser sounds and sonic collages, supported by fragmentary violins, propelling beats and highly-reserved vocals. The German lyrics are sometimes dadaistic, revealing pieces of narratives and movements, literary oscillations and vibrations that serve to challenge. Rather than delineating itself, the music floats freely. Because the journey doesn’t end; the journey is its own reward. And we’re happy to tag along.