Free Music Friday! Violens - 'Acid Reign'

Violens summon influences as divergent as 60s psych-pop, thrash metal, and Miami freestyle. Their music channels the stylish sophistication of Roxy Music and the no-wave roar of early Sonic Youth, synthesizing the laughing nightmare spaces of Stanley Kubrick or Nobuhiko Obayashi. The New York-based 3-piece will release their highly anticipated debut album Amoral November 2nd via Brooklyn label Friendly Fire Recordings and their own imprint Static Recital.

MP3 - "Acid Reign" -

MIX TAPE: Violens Summer 2010 Mix Tape -

MP3 - "Another Strike Restrained (Sadguitarius Remix)"

Producer/multi-instrumentalist Jorge Elbrecht, also known for his work as a member of the art company Lansing-Dreiden, formed Violens in late 2007 as a new outlet for his songwriting. Iddo Arad (synths) and Myles Matheny (guitar) complete the vocal harmonies, and currently join Elbrecht at the core of the group's sound. Since releasing a self-titled EP in 2008, Violens have toured the US and Europe, performing with the likes of Grizzly Bear, Bat for Lashes and Deerhunter. Now, after furthering their studio prowess with remixes (MGMT, The Very Best), runway scores (Patrik Ervell, Yigal Azrouel), and a seasonal mixtape series showcasing their influences and collaborators, Violens have completed their extraordinary debut album.

"There are plenty of records we love that present a band in a more documentary way. We can definitely imagine a future Violens record sounding like that. But making Amoral was really about the songs being animated environments for people to cruise through--like a shark pool, or touch tank. Having group vocal harmonies get progressively blurred by waves of reverb or eaten by flames of distortion, choreographing call/response percussion between the speakers, inserting delayed shadows for certain instruments, etc..." -V

Blending the ambient synth sounds of Cocteau Twins and Sisters of Mercy with blistering guitar textures evoking Crass and Minor Threat, Amoral presents psychedelic sonic collages layered with 60's vocal harmonies. The album shifts from the impossibly jaunty optimism of opener "The Dawn Of Your Happiness Is Rising" to the baroque doom of the nightmare described in the title track:

...And as I've never had a strong stomach for bloodshed and gore, it was all quite terrifying...Perhaps the most horrific dream I can remember. At the same time, there was a euphoria to it all. I recall the most vivid colors and patterns, lights and strange forms...

Amoral ambles through pulsing dream-pop crescendos ("Trance-Like Turn"), and epic washes of looping melody ("Generational Loss"). While Goth-tropical recent single "Acid Reign" fits synthetic piano leads and frenzied, percussive guitars over acrobatic dance bass lines and apparitional harmonies, "Violent Sensation Descends" veers from a vertiginous, sinister wash of synths into a verse and chorus that could only have been written after overdosing on Zombies records. Self-recorded, self-produced, and self-mixed, Amoral is a collision of comfort and violence, cushion and crunch, attack and embrace.

This is unforgettable music, full of possibility and unfathomable depth.

Violens' new "Summer Mixtape" features their recent remixes of songs by Delorean and Nite Jewel, a Marine Girls cover ("He Got The Girl"), and unique mash ups and collaborations with Washed Out and Caroline Polachek (Chairlift), alongside tracks by Bethlehem, Dead Can Dance and Chapterhouse. Also included is a remix of the Amoral track "Another Strike Restrained" by Sadguitarius (Ben Goldwasser of MGMT).

The mixtape, and recent single "Acid Reign", are available free for download at

Violens will release "Amoral" through Friendly Fire/Static Recital Nov. 2, 2010.

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