Venera 4 – ‘Masked Dance’

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In case you missed it, Venera 4 dropped a previously unreleased single called ‘Masked Dance’ over the holiday period (download here)! The French shoegazers always release something special each Christmas, and this year they’ve produced a new swooning slow burner to mark the occasion. Looking forward to more from Venera 4 in 2016.

 
Venera 4 – ‘Masked Dance’

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Venera 4 – ‘Eidôlon’

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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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  • Danceable shoegaze n' dream pop
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Venera 4 – ‘Colored Fields’

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Venera 4‘s debut full length ‘Eidôlon‘ arrives on March 3 with the lead single ‘Black Paws’ and the new single/video ‘Colored Fields’. The French shoegazers first got our attention with ‘Seabed Terror’ in 2012, before delivering their much praised ‘Deaf Hearts’ EP the following year. ‘Colored Fields’ showcases the quartet’s guy/girl vocals and pop appeal, with a mix of genres expected on the eleven track release. Pre-sale is on now with limited white vinyl (shop).

 
Venera 4 – ‘Colored Fields’

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Venera 4 – ‘Velveteen’

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It’s time to get back to business (anymore holiday lunches and I’d need to jump up a pants size)! While we see another day in 2015, updates will be more staggered than usual due to a number of time constraints this year (apologies in advance)! But here’s hoping everyone scored big from Santa over the holidays. Speaking of, French shoegazers Venera 4 gifted an exclusive track ‘Velveteen’ (free download) before the break, their forthcoming debut full length is just one of the albums we can look forward to in 2015.

 
Venera 4 – ‘Velveteen’

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Venera 4 – ‘Black Paws’

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Venera 4 are back with a new single and video called ‘Black Paws’. The Paris-based shoegazers will release it via Requiem Pour Un Twister (date to be announced). It follows the band’s appearance on the ‘Songs From Nothing #2’ compilation (as below) and arrives almost a year after their much loved ‘Deaf Hearts‘ EP. ‘Black Paws’ is a brooding rocker with multi-layered everything! Let’s hope a full length is just around the corner. *crosses fingers*
 
Venera 4 – ‘Black Paws’

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