One of the best aspects of working on an indie blog is the unanticipated pathlines to all of the under-the-radar, wonderful new music out there. Last week, I featured the shoegaze duo Whimsical, and through their social sharing, SIMGE was introduced to Gabe Earle of the DC-based group Venn. The dream-rock quartet just dropped their debut, self-titled EP and it was through this aforementioned a to b that it made its way to my inbox and I am god damned ENAMORED with it I tells ya.
Having formed a little over two years ago, Earle along with Holden Cihelka, Jon Fetahaj, Julian Earle decided to commit to digital wax the four tracks in their live repertoire that audiences seemed to respond to best, and those audiences must have either a) exquisite taste or b) Venn is kicking up some serious magic. I’m leaning towards the latter.
Across the EP’s four tracks, Venn crafts the crystalline atmospherics you’ve come to expect when looking at their genre tag working with swirling, searing guitars, pulsating rhythms and far away vocals. Beyond the initial set up, there’s something new to unpackage with each track as the band takes you on an exhilarating, adrenaline-stoking sonic journey. The vapor-wave blast of “Surreal,” the dark pools of “Weekday,” that kick ass angular riff on “Maybe I’m a Liar” and the combination of all of the above on “Someone Else.”; after my own heart.
Venn is today’s SIMGE Stream and I encourage you to do so below while heading over here to purchase your copy.