Violens‘ forthcoming album, ‘True’, finds the Brooklyn three-piece further amplifying their innovative songwriting with a palette of exquisitely crafted sound. The band’s music eludes classification, expertly blending percussive guitar work and silky harmonies, seeking the silver lining yet to be discovered between the sounds we know and love. With a wash of 90s sonic pop drawn from artists like Pale Saints, Cocteau Twins and McCarthy, Violens paint soft watercolor notes across their compositions, adding crucial emotional depth via layered vocal harmonies.
Violens was formed in 2007 by Jorge Elbrecht (a producer, multi-instrumentalist, and founding member of the art company Lansing-Dreiden). Their debut album ‘Amoral’ was self-recorded, self-produced, and is best understood as digital collage; a dark, guitar and synth-pop voyage of melodic and rhythmic collision.
‘True’ shifts course towards a more subtle and desaturated sonic landscape. The album’s first single, “Totally True,” demonstrates this with its stone-washed, semi-improvised feel, celebrating bands like The Chameleons and Martin Newell’s Cleaners From Venus. As the writing process for this second album began while traveling together on tour, it also showcases Violens as a more collaborative effort. Band members Iddo Arad (backing vocals, synths, guitar) and Myles Matheny (backing vocals bass, guitar) had a much larger influence on the songwriting and the album’s sonic direction. Framed by Will Berman’s distinctive drumming, ‘True’ shows the band interacting and reflecting in ways both promising and exciting.
Download & Listen:
Violens – “Unfolding Black Wings” [mp3]
On April 17th, Violens will release a limited edition 7″ for the single “Totally True,” backed with the non-album track “Something Falling.” The ‘True’ LP is scheduled for release May 15th on Slumberland Records (Frankie Rose/The Pains of Being Pure at Heart/Crystal Stilts).
Tour dates will be announced starting in early Spring.