ARTIST: In Violet
RELEASE DATE: October 21st 2016
RECORD COMPANY: Bottle Imp Productions
In my opinion listening to music should be a totally immersive experience. Every single facet of my being should spark & fire upon hearing a new release for the very first time just for me to get interested enough to play them on the radio let alone write about my experiences as well. It’s something that has stood me to good stead over the years both as a musician and as a Dj/music writer. It’s a principle I tend to stick to as I peruse the ever expanding musical genres hovering within todays burgeoning underground scene. Back in 2014 I was introduced to the enigmatic Mr.Jake Murray, founding member, frontman & chief bottle washer of London based experimental sound manipulators ‘In Violet’. Their impressive debut album, entitled ‘Opal’, blew my socks off and I have been eagerly awaiting its follow up with baited breath ever since. In Violet have a brilliantly immersive & experimental sound that traverses a plethora of varying musical styles, taking in driving electronica, avant-garde post industrial, psych & krautrock tones whilst infusing melancholic post rock & sonic atmospheric’s into the mix and they are not afraid to push boundaries or test limitations with their music. Now the band have returned with their stunning full length sophomore entitled ‘Amber’ and it’s penned in for release on the 21st October 2016 via Bottle Imp productions. ‘Amber’ features guest collaborations from members of Teeth of The Sea, Rumour Cubes, Collider and many more and the album will be available in all major digital stores with an extremely limited edition CD and art book available as a single-edition run via inviolet.bandcamp.com
‘Amber’ is steeped in a burgeoning sonic darkness. And I don’t mean that in a bad way at all. It’s all good, very very good actually. What I mean is that from the opening drone of ‘Betrayed’ right through to the closing death throws of ‘The Matador’, In Violet manage to instil a sense of utter foreboding into their sound. There’s an underlying atmospheric brutality to every single track on this album that is irresistibly addictive and totally enthralling. The use of glitchy experimental electronics, swirling instrumental drones, pulsing reverberation, charging synth swells and processed motorik percussion is immense. Add into the mix Jake Murray’s sublime vocalisations, the constant hum of bass frequencies and a cacophony of fuzzy, layered guitars and what we have is a heady & experimental, multi-faceted sonic melting pot.
Each track on this album expertly dips a sonic toe into a delectable procession of hypnotically charged music styles. From the immense psych behemoth ‘Amber’ through to the industrial sounding twosome of ‘Betrayed’ & ‘Bereft’, the kraut-rock heavy hitters ‘Shivers‘ & ‘Poseidon Weeps‘ and on into the albums more mellower ambient side with tracks like the beautifully intense ‘Salome’ or ‘Lady Of Avalon’ and the swirling impertinent drone of ‘Sagazan’, In Violet have created a stunning collection of highly creative soundscapes that will have you hooked from the off. Each track in this collection is forward thinking and brilliantly experimental without being overly annoying. They are totally immersive, full to the brim with swirling atmospherics and bathed in swathes of dark pulsating frequencies that collectively will pull you with them as they ride a turbulent gittering sonic wave into a world of senses pummelling noise.
‘Amber’ is a stunning return to form by a band who have now set the judging bar very very high indeed.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Del Chaney has spent the last four years not only fronting popular experimental Irish Electronic duo Analogue Wave but also dedicating his time to uncovering the best artists in the unsigned or small independent label based shoegaze, ethereal dream pop, post punk, post rock & modern psych rock from all over the globe & reviewing them for this blog – The Primal Music Blog. He is also a contributing writer for The Sound Of Confusion. His other arm – Primal Radio – has gained considerable respect from bands and promoters alike since its conception in 2013 & has hepled him in actively promoting a genre of music that he is passionate about. Hailing from Dublin, Ireland, he is a keen Vinyl Collector, Tattoo Fan & all round good guy! He is a self confessed music freak & is never far away from a studio console or a turntable.