Tuesday, 8 March 2011

The Venus Illuminato


Why choose between playing Folk OR Rock'n'Roll, when you can play Folk AND Rock'n'Roll? That was presumably the thinking behind The Venus Illuminato's mission statement, and what a bout of inspiration it was.

The writing team of Brandon Kennedy and Rob Franco, joined by Chris Tressieris (bass), Jamie Saunders (violin), and Lauren “Feather” Levin (percussion), are soon to release their 2nd EP Children of the Earth, and a couple of tracks from the EP can be heard below. Both have very different feels to them, and it's always good to see a band who can pull off a diverse range of sounds. The title track is based around bouncy piano and bass lines, and is the considerably more Pop'y of the two. Not to say the band have contstructed this one specifically for radio...it's over 6 minutes long...but it's a track that can be cherished by muso's and everyday radio listeners alike. The time absolutely flies by, and actually leaves you feeling like it could've been longer....

Well, if you felt the same way about Children of the Earth then you'll be glad to know that Civil War Ballad clocks in at a whopping 9 minutes 22 seconds, but really it could last all day and I'd be more than happy. The word 'epic' is heinously over-used these days, but fuck it....this song is epic. Starting with a darker dose of acoustic guitar with added strings for dramatic effect, the chorus is huge and soaring, for the first time illustrating just what a brilliant set of pipes Franco owns. The track then breaks down around the 3 minute mark, and what ensues is a flurry of strings and drums, followed by a frantic minute long guitar solo....'solo' barely doing this fret wizardry justice. A bridge builds the song into a second guitar solo to rival the first, before exploding into a chorus and outro which fittingly brilliantly brings to a close one of the best songs I've heard in quite some time. And breathe....  

The Venus Illuminato - Children of the Earth

The Venus Illuminato - Civil War Ballad

15 comments:

  1. Excellent!!! I esp. love the Civil War Ballad. I can hardly wait for the album to come out. Amazingly different music....so refreshing and artistic. Love, love, love Venus Illuminato!!!

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  2. Beautiful, emotive, and wonderfully different. I love the vibe. Bravissimo!

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  3. I'm impressed.

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  4. Finally something new!!!

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  5. Release thess via iTunes so I can download the awesome.

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  6. Brillant to say the least!!!

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  7. I love it!!!! Best work to date. I can't believe that no large label has picked them up yet!!!!

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  8. A classic recording!

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  9. MeMaw and PeePaw are really enjoying the sounds of the Venus Illuminato!!!!!

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  10. WOW, What a Cool, Unique & Fresh sound!!! It really makes you want to challenge yourself to seek more nurturing for the soul and spirit!
    Love the Mosaic of the Diverse Instruments especially the string instruments. Pretty Awesome Results from the Studio Sessions & Kudos to Going the Distance in going with Longer Tracks!!!
    -"The ENCOURAGEANAIRE" (Global Entertainment Mgr of ENCOURAGEANAIRE)
    NARAS MIAMI CHAPTER

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  11. Civil War Ballad is the NEXT Stairway to Heaven!!! Woot! Woot! : D

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  12. These guys are playing SXSW this year, can't wait to check them out! Deets on their Facebook page!

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  13. http://www.digstation.com/AlbumDetails.aspx?albumID=ALB000071426

    Here is the link to buy the tunes!

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  14. Love your music! Thanks for sharing it! I am a big fan of your fresh sound! Love the strings!Looking forward to more of the same on the complete album!

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