ALBUM REVIEW | In Violet - Amber

a0998012515_16ARTIST: In Violet

RELEASE: Amber

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.

Recommended.

5/5

LINKS:

inviolet.co.uk

facebook.com/invioletofficial

twitter.com/_inviolet

inviolet.bandcamp.com

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.


NEW SINGLE PREMIERE | In Violet - Amber

photo by Barbora Mrazkova

London based experimental sonic aficionado's 'In Violet' have returned with a stunning single entitled 'Amber' lifted off their forthcoming album of the same name, penned in for release on October 21st 2016 via 'Bottle Imp Productions'. With a 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, 'In Violet' are not afraid to push boundaries or test limitations with their music. 'Amber' is the highly anticipated follow up to 2013's stunning debut album release 'Opal' and see's the band embark on a darker, more electronically driven sound coupled with intense sonic manipulation, sense's pummelling percussive attacks, layered reverberating guitars and meandering hypnotic vocal lines.

'Amber' is available to pre-order right now both digitally & with an extremely limited edition CD & art book available via: inviolet.bandcamp.com

'Amber' takes no prisoners as it squeals into earshot on a bedrock of dark synthetic drones and screaming psych induced guitars before its motorik percussive patterns and accompanying sequenced synth lines add weight to proceedings thus buffering those hazy vocal lines, helping to guide the listener into a cacophony of reverberating instrumentation and explosive sonic manipulation. This is a magnificent return to form by a band who never fail to amaze.

LINKS:

inviolet.co.uk

facebook.com/invioletofficial

twitter.com/_inviolet

inviolet.bandcamp.com


THE PRIMAL MUSIC BLOG PODCAST: '15 Tracks That You Really Must Hear' - December 2014

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As I'm on the Christmas holiday break from the live show over on RadioAktiv//Underground and due to the amazing interest that I received from the last 15 track Mixcloud based podcast back in November, I decided to put together another one showcasing some of the amazing music that I've found over the past few months from different artists who have either been in touch with the show or that I've found myself by trawling through the tinter web. These artists come from all over the globe and I believe that they deserve support from not only me but also from anybody with an interest in what I do here on 'The Primal Radio Show'. So below is the podcast & playlist. I've picked 15 tracks that I think you should hear! I've also listed links to every bands track up on band camp so as you can all go and support them! Plus, I've uploaded them to the Primal Radio Show Mixcloud page so as you can listen to them on the go!! Just like Mix Tapes of old. Theres no innate warbling's from me on this episode, just bloody great music. Enjoy!!! - Del Chaney.

Listen To The '15 Tracks That You Really Must Hear Podcast' Here:

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Links To The Music From Every One Of The Bands Featured Here:

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Del Chaney's - The Primal Radio Show - 15 Tracks That You Really Must Hear Playlist 

1) Novanta - Reasons

2) Follow The Sea - Sibirien

3) In Every Dream A Nightmare Waits - Transition

4) Lunar Twin - Cruel Water

5) Chasing Traits - Lost Cause

6) Clustersun - Meteors

7) Jeanseburg - She Never Believed In Gravity

8) UMMAGMA - Kiev

9) The Virgance - Propulsion Lab Part 1

10) Kigo - Never Knowing

11) Medicine Boy - Gimme Ya Love

12) We Came From The North - We Grew Old Too Soon

13) Winter - The View

14) The Lost Jackets - Caitlin

15) In Violet - We're All Dying, Says Sylvia!

 

Del Chaney - The Primal Radio Show - Dublin, Ireland - January 2015

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