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Violette Sounds: Wild and Blue

Here is another album I have really been digging lately. Violette Sounds was another new name for me until I heard their latest album titled Wild and Blue. They released their first album Feelin Inside in 2013 but on the new release the only hold over is founding member Karl Henneberg (drums, vocals). He is joined by Moritz Schippers (keyboards), Henri Thönnissen (guitars), Sascha Mans (bass) and special guest Axel Theorell (vocals and guitar on “Beggars” as well as vocals on “Lately” and “Open White”).

This album brings me back to the sounds of the ‘70s, very much relying on guitar and organ. The guitar work is fantastic with Thönnissen’s earthy tones both gritty and emotive. A fuzzy and slightly distorted guitar begins “Firefog”, a real slow burning retro rocker with a great groove. The guitar playing is absolutely on fire making for an excellent instrumental. More tasty organ and guitar highlights the mid paced rocker “Sunday” whereas “Saruman” is much more majestic with lush symphonics, sounds like some Mellotron as well and the sounds get pretty trippy. It’s all quite atmospheric and ethereal, the dreamy keyboards lead to heavier guitar riffs and an excellent solo. The psychedelic rock of the ‘70s is certainly channeled. More psychedelic workouts of organ and guitar can be heard on the excellent “Moon” while “Beggars” takes a much softer approach with its easy flowing ethereal keyboards. “Too Bizzy To Love” is another throwback in time where the vocals and organ reminded me a little of Uriah Heep, which in my book is never a bad thing.

To say I was surprised by this band is an understatement. Violette Sounds is proof there is plenty of excellent music being made today. Sure they take some liberties with that ‘retro’ sound but there is something about this band that has me hooked. Highly recommended!

Track Listing:
1. Firefog (4:45)
2. Sunday (3:28)
3. Saruman (6:41)
4. Moon (5:07)
5. Beggars (5:33)
6. Too Bizzy To Love (7:07)
7. Open White (3:40)
8. How To Change (3:55)
9. Lately (4:34)
10. Love Train (4:06)
11. Death And Girly (5:39)

Added: April 3rd 2019
Reviewer: Jon Neudorf
Related Link: Band on Facebook
Hits: 380
Language: english

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