- Words: John S.W. MacDonald
- Label: Ghostly International
- XLR8R Rating: 6/10
Ambient music doesn’t have to be background music–weightless abstractions can still make deep impressions. Witness the haunting tone-scapes of Stars of the Lid or Labradford. Twine’s version of ambient, however, isn’t worth much close listening. With shards of reverb-drenched guitar, scattered synth beats, a few recorded telephone conversations, and the occasional female vocal (’cause, of course, nothing’s dreamier than a woman singing in French), Violets uses all of the genre’s tricks, yet manages little of its magic. The creepy title track–like Black Sabbath slowed to a snail’s pace–is worth a spin. But for the most part, this duo’s post-modern dread fails to rise above the din.
- September 18: New Forms Festival 2014 with Oneohtrix Point Never, Hieroglyphic Being, Helena Hauff, Madlib, and More
- September 24: Decibel Festival with Marcel Dettmann, KiNK, FaltyDL, John Roberts, Steffi, Simian Mobile Disco, and More
- October 15: Amsterdam Dance Event with Four Tet, DJ Koze, Jon Hopkins, Karenn, Ben UFO, Floating Points, MCDE, Talaboman, and More
XLR8R Downloads Player