Apr 2012 24

Violet Winter - ExosphereViolet Winter
Category: Electro / Rock
Album: Exosphere
Stars: 3
Blurb: While better as fodder for the dance floor, this single does well to introduce this Chicago electro/rock gem to the masses.


 

After a self-titled debut released in the summer of 2010, Chicago’s Violet Winter began cooperating with Glitch Mode Recordings for a follow-up that would see the band exploding onto the electro/rock scene. As a teaser to the Beyond the Exosphere EP, the title track presents the band’s sound in fine form. Throbbing analog sequences underscore a veritable wall of guitars and distorted electronics, as Oscar Salinas’ forceful and melancholy vocal harmonies dance with a lively string quartet, making for a beautifully brutal song that is as aggressive as it is appealing. The band’s balance of pop accessibility and gritty dissonance carries into the single’s accompanying remixes, beginning with a soothingly ambient and rhythmically lush interpretation from Cyanotic; a strange departure from that band’s usually raucous approach, but one that works in tandem with the cinematic arrangements featured on the MedPack EP. The Adult Content remix is a slightly less interesting affair as little more than a competent assembly of danceable electro, complete with some mild synth squelches and solos, and while Windimoto’s Bullet in Hand version is equally geared toward the dance floor, it effectively plays with the chord structure to add some flavor to the song. Closing things out is the option4 remix, which balances some video game-esque electronics with a bouncy, almost tribal rhythm and some playful vocal glitches, making it the most dynamic remix on the single. All in all, Exosphere is a wonderful single that does well to introduce Violet Winter and the following EP, although this writer wishes a greater tonal diversity could have been displayed among the different versions. Still, it will provide plenty of material for DJs and will assuredly get listeners revved up for the power and passion that is Violet Winter.
 
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Violet Winter Website http://violetwinter.com
Violet Winter MySpace http://www.myspace.com/vltwntr
Violet Winter Facebook http://www.facebook.com/violetwinter
Violet Winter Twitter http://www.twitter.com/Violet__Winter
Violet Winter ReverbNation http://www.reverbnation.com/violetwinter
Violet Winter SoundCloud http://www.soundcloud.com/violetwinter
Glitch Mode Recordings Website http://www.glitchmode.com
Glitch Mode Recordings Facebook https://www.facebook.com/glitchmode
Glitch Mode Recordings Twitter http://twitter.com/glitchmode
 
2011-12-02
 
Ilker Yücel (Ilker81x)

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