Velma's aptly-named second album Cyclique uses circular, minor-key melodies; mechanical clicks, whirrs, and percussion; and atmospheric synths to make eight minimalistic but intriguing electronic pop pieces such as "Vitamine," "Tricycle," and "Masquerade." The group's savvy sense of timing pulls these songs away from repetitiveness at just the right moment to make them hypnotic instead of dull. While Christophe Jacquet's androgynous, nasally, breathy vocals are something of an acquired taste, overall Cyclique is an engaging and appealing album. The enhanced CD version of Cyclique also features footage from some of the band's multimedia performances, adding to the experience of Velma's complex yet accessible music.
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AllMusic Review by Heather Phares