It’s a pleasant surprise to hear a band like Violence manage to stay equally fantastic while trying out different sounds on each of their records. Le théâtre, the band’s third official release, isn’t a huge departure in style–they still make darkness-infused synth-pop–but they have gone in more instrumental direction, with smatterings of distant, almost whispered vocals. The EP is defined by quick forward motion, call-and-response between different synth tones and some seriously infectious melodies.
Mix: Best of September 2015
1. Tops – Anything
2. Quinn Read-Baxter – Without You
3. Ben Gunning – Live in Love
4. Brendan Philip – Ghostface
5. Gang Signs – Mate
6. Mesa Luna – Don’t Let Go
7. Century Palm – Valley Cyan
8. Scary Bear Soundtrack – Victoria Island
9. Violence – Illusions Vives
10. Cocobeurre – Golden Youth
11. Joanne Pollock – Might Be Wrong
12. L Con – The Distance Of The Moon
13. Majical Cloudz – Silver Car Crash
It’s here! We break out our happy dances every time we get our hands on something new from Violence. No surprises here: their new EP is excellent. (Or maybe it is a surprise to hear a band manage to stay equally fantastic while trying out different sounds on each of their releases?)
We’ve already shared our love of the first two singles on this EP (“L’invention du divertissement” and “Shaking Pictograms“), and they slot right in with the rest of the adventurous, slick songs on the EP.
There’s a lot of mostly instrumental songs to get lost in, like the decidedly space-y “Héliogabale” or “Gap Junctions,” which brings back memories of high school biology (gap junctions are the passageways between animal cells that transport things back and forth). Actually, the latter could work really well as the soundtrack for colourful and crazy science animations.
And then there’s “Mycroft Mixeudeim,” which has distant vocals that sound like they’re coming from a low-volume megaphone, a great synth jab and the same style that defines the rest of the EP: quick forward motion, call-and-response between different synth tones and some seriously infectious melodies.
If you’ve been following along for the past few years, you know how much we’re fans of Violence, following their career since the release of their phenomenal debut EP in 2013. What we love about them since then, is that despite the fact the core electronic elements are left in tact, each new release sounds completely different from the one before.
Case in point is their latest single “Shaking Pictograms.” The song sounds similar to their past outings with the dark synthwave we’ve come to expect, but adds new elements that we never would have expected from the band. There’s a certain layer of funkiness behind the single, and we love that.
Following Violence continues to be a journey that we’re happy to join them on. And excitingly, the journey continues with the release of their new EP Le Théâtre, due out September 11 on Visage Musique, and a launch party at Casa in Montreal on September 25th.
1. The Acorn – Influence
2. Tigerwing – Coax
3. Grimes – REALiti
4. Doldrums – Loops
5. Braids – Taste
6. Man Made Hill – Angelchylde
7. LIDS – Blank Flag
8. Marie Davidson – Excès De Vitesse
9. TIO – A Simple Way
10. JOOJ – Shoulders and Whispers
11. ANAMAI – Lucia
12. Choses Sauvages – Laura
13. Dream Safari – Starzone
14. Saxsyndrum – Dance, Dance, Dance
15. Violence – L’invention du divertissement