Jorge Elbrecht has featured quite a bit on these pages, though most recently as a solo artist stepping out of the Violens past. But, one listen and you’ll see similar touchstones in the construction of this track; it relies upon heavily pulsing electronics as the central feature to the tune. Jorge’s vocals ride the wave of that pulse, joined throughout by a guest appearance from Tamaryn. I’m really enjoying the way Jorge is crafting these tunes, meaning that Here Lies will probably be a smash in my eyes; it drops on February 28th.
Jorge Elbrecht was one of the key cogs to the Violens machine, and since the band have gone on hiatus, he’s currently been working on various projects. Today I’m happy to share with you this new track that he’s just released, filled with some of the flourishes that fans of Violens will remember. It opens with sort of a 2001 Space Odyssey vibe, before percussive elements come in to layer the early moments. Then, an electronic line drops, then drapes of soaring vocals with perfect harmonies go for a ride atop the mix. No word on precisely when we’ll get more music, but we’ve been assured that Jorge has big news for 2018.
My first experience listening to the music of Jorge Elbrecht came way back in the early 00s when I was fortunate enough to discover Lansing-Dreiden through some friends that were way cooler than me. It led me to Violens, his next project, but I think perhaps the best work he’s done to date is coming via this Presentable Corpse track. It takes the best of all his work, somehow managing to get it all together into one atmospheric pop journey. I don’t think there are words for such a track, so I’ll just let it speak for itself. If you’re inclined, it’s being released on a super limited basis via Grey Market, the newest LA label.
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Yes here we are again, stealing a sweet jam posted by our amigos over at The Gum. I’m sure some of you have heard the tune already, but it’s just too irresistible to pass up posting on the site. As previously reported, Violens have a new album called True due out in May via Slumberland Records. This new song “Der Microarc” has a lot more of that twee vibe to it than the previously reported “Unfolding Black Wings” and I dig it.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/Violens-Der-Microarc.mp3]
Download: Violens – Der Microarc [MP3]
We’re a small site, so we don’t always get the hits as soon as everyone else. Normally, I wouldn’t post everything, as you can clearly go to Stereogum, but I absolutely am loving these two tracks. The first one comes from Violens, one of our favorites. The band’s always writing tracks it seems, and they’ve apparently got True set to see release in May on Slumberland Records. Then there’s Crocodiles, who’ve refined their sound, bringing about this ridiculously awesome track. The group will release Endless Flowers on June 4th, and I hope it all sounds like the track below. Check out both these tracks, as they’re worth your time, and tell us which one’s better![audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/Violens-Unfolding-Black-Wings.mp3]
Download:Violens – Unfolding Black Wings [MP3][audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/Crocodiles-Sunday-Psychic-Conversation-9.mp3]
Download:Crocodiles – Sunday (Psychic Conversation #9) [Mp3
One of the band’s we’re most excited to see at SXSW, Violens, has slowly been leaking out demos and mastered versions of their latest tracks for their next LP, the follow up to Amoral. You’ll have to wait a few weeks for the mastered version of their latest track, “Be Still,” but if you go to their site you can get a nice listen of this really sweet new track. I suggest you do so, as this band’s deserving of much more praise than they’ve received. Take a listen right HERE. And, if you like it, you can buy the first MP3 that they put up last month. Here’s an old track from the band to get you in the mood.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/03-Acid-Reign-1.mp3]
Download: Violens – Acid Reign [MP3]
Here’s another one of our great SXSW interviews with Violens, who’ve already had a good year with the release of Amoral. Get to know the band below.
For years Violens have slowly been compiling EPs and mixtapes, all pleasing to a greater audience, allowing them to build up a fan base before releasing Amoral. That it hit the shores of the UK is a sure sign that the band owes a great deal more of their musical influences to the British than to most American bands. Regardless, they’ve earned their successes and praise, and these twelve songs remain just another example of the band’s craft.
Amoral opens with this ridiculously bass line, and then a twangy guitar comes in, joined by a bit of echo atmospherics. Here is where you notice the British touches, as the band seems to pay homage to the acid house/pop blend of bands like The Stone Roses. You can almost dance to it, but the actual soundscape of opener, “The Dawn of Your Happiness is Rising,” is ultimately more rewarding than mile dance numbers. They’ll stick with this stylistic approach, adding bits of funk to go along with a more soothing vocal, as they do in “Full Collision.” Easily you can see the swaying hips of every hipster in town, especially when the gently obscured “oh oh ohs” rise and fall in the background.
“Acid Reign” is an easy choice for your modern single, as the guitar line definitely has this driving sensibility to it, but as is par for the course, the band covers the easily accessible pop elements beneath clever piano lines, adding a bit more of creativity. Still, the gunfire drumming is phenomenal, which probably helps establish a good rapport with audiences looking for a little jangle and shimmy with their singles. Another winner of a track, though they all remain as such, is “Violent Sensation Descends,” a song that seems to hold a past with the darker psychedelic pop bands of the 60s, typically British, again. But, what differentiates this track from simple rehash is the fact that the vocal delivery has a warmth to it, but in a catchy modern manner. Something about this song will stick with you for days, or more.
Let’s not look at this record as merely a collection of singles, as that’s clearly not the point of Violens. You can trace the band’s work all the way back to their previous careers in Lansing-Dreiden, what was then deemed an art-project of sorts. Having that mentality allows for the band to experiment a bit more with modern song cycles, and while you’ll still find straight pop songs like “Another Strike Restrained,” the band still has it within themselves to offer up dark mini-collages such as the album’s title track, “Amoral.” It’s their experimentation within modern boundaries that makes it all seem so clever, and unique. After all, that’s what we seem to be looking for from our modern indie heroes, a willingness to push boundaries of various genres, and Amoral does precisely that. Perhaps this is yet another juncture in the band’s career before they shift gears and confound us all again, but they’ve earned that right. Who really cares what how they shift and change when they can write pop songs so intimate and challenging simultaneoulsy?[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/03-Acid-Reign-1.mp3]
Download: Violens – Acid Reign [MP3]
It seems like forever ago when we first brought you news of Violens, and in fact it was, 2008 to be exact. Now, the band is finally geared up to release their album debut, Amoral, on Static Revival. Their newest track is really something to marvel out. It has a lot of that Madchester feel to it, using psychedelia and electronics blended in with extreme pop overtones. You’re never really sure whether to sit back and enjoy or maybe move to the dance floor. Listen here and let me know which you prefer.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/03-Acid-Reign-1.mp3]
Download: Violens – Acid Reign [MP3]
Long time fans of genre hoppers will definitely be pleased to hear that those clever kids in Violens are dropping a free Winter Mixtape for you on their web site. This little mixtape, and it’s not that little, will probably win over fans, as the guys sing over My Bloody Valentine while playing over the Byrds. Sounds like nothing short of a guaranteed test of musical sanity. Unfortunately, it’s a mixtape, so I can’t throw a sample up for you, but I’ll give you a taste of “Doomed,” which is remixed on this mix.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/doomed-f2.mp3]
Download: Violens – Doomed [MP3]