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Venera 4‘s debut album ‘Eidôlon’ is out this week thanks to Requiem Pour Un Twister! The Paris-based shoegazers are Morgane (on lead vocals/guitar), Annabelle (singer/guitarist), Yann (guitarist and backing vocalist), with Frederic on bass. The four piece formed in 2012 and haven’t rush released a long player. Instead, we’ve enjoyed a slow progression from their debut single ‘Seabed Terror’, to their much praised ‘Deaf Hearts’ EP in 2013. They’ve resisted the urge to include any of these foundational singles on the album, so ‘Eidôlon’ is an entirely new beast.

‘Pygmalion’ opens proceedings, (a head nod to Slowdive’s 1995 album of the same name). But unlike Slowdive’s diversion to a more ambient sound for ‘Pygmalion’, Venera 4 do the opposite, it’s a full tilt shoegaze overture with all the trimmings! It leads into ‘Red Blooms’, which could’ve been a lead single in its own right (with its danceable groove and sugary vocals), a modern take on the Cocteau Twins.

The actual lead single ‘Black Paws’ follows, which is equally groovy (for lack of a better word). The syncopated back beat gives the shoegazey guitars a poppy sway that’s infectious. This, combined with Venera 4’s vocal delivery is what makes them stand out from the rest. Of course, it’s beneficial having everybody in the band able to sing (except for Frederic), sorry Fred! Point is, the shared boy/girl vocals have long been an important ingredient for noise pop acts and Venera 4 excel at this.

It’s refreshing to hear the French language vocals come out on the title track ‘Eidôlon’. It doesn’t feel out of place and contrasts the stormy atmosphere. The latter half of the album is a more textural, cinematic listening experience. And while the catchiness of it’s opening is loads of fun, I love the quieter moments like ‘3 Studies For A Portrait’ and ‘Colored Fields’. It’s difficult to find fault with this record, it’s a big achievement and one of the strongest shoegaze records of 2015 so far. Venera 4 make noise that’s so damn classy – it’s Gucci-gaze! Download a copy of ‘Eidôlon’ or pick up the vinyl through Bandcamp.

Venera 4 – ‘Eidôlon’ [Album Stream]

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Venera 4 - 'Eidôlon'
SONGWRITING
SOUND & PRODUCTION
REVERB RATING
PRO'S
  • Brilliant debut album
  • Danceable shoegaze n' dream pop
  • Girl/boy/girl vocals are great!
CON'S
  • Hard to fault (score may be adjusted)
3.8Overall Score
Reader Rating: (43 Votes)

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