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2010, Friendly Fire Recordings | Static Recital

Violens summon influences as diverse as 60s psych-pop, thrash metal, and Miami freestyle. Their music channels the sophistication of Roxy Music and the no-wave roar of Sonic Youth, all within the laughing nightmare spaces of Stanley Kubrick or Nobuhiko Obayashi. The New York based three piece present their highly anticipated debut album Amoral via Brooklyn label Friendly Fire Recordings and their own imprint Static Recital. Producer/multi-instrumentalist Jorge Elbrecht, also a member of the art company Lansing-Dreiden, formed Violens in late 2007 as an additional outlet for his songwriting. Iddo Arad (synth) and Myles Matheny (guitar) complete the vocal harmonies, and currently join Elbrecht at the core of the group's sound. 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. Blending the ambient synths 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. Amoral pulses through 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 guitars over dance bass lines and apparitional harmonies, "Violent Sensation Descends" veers from a vertiginous wash of synths into a 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.


Disc 1
1 Dawn of Your Happiness Is Rising
2 Full Collision
3 Acid Reign
4 Are You Still in the Illusion?
5 It Couldn't Be Perceived
6 Until It's Unlit
7 Violent Sensation Descends
8 Could You Stand to Know?
9 Trance-Like Turn
10 Amoral
11 Another Strike Restrained
12 Generational Loss

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