TRACK OF THE DAY – VENERA 4 – ‘3 Studies For A Portrait’


Ever wondered what an angel being drowned by mermaids might sound like?  Well wonder no more as Parisian dreampop/shoegazers Venera 4 have the answer in the shape of today’s track of the day.  ‘3 Studies For A Portrait’ is taken from their sumptuous debut album Eidôlon and is one of the many highlights on an album that radiates life-affirming beauty.

The band, who are named after a Russian space probe Venera 4 (Venus 4) which was launched in 1967, produce an all encompassing noise which fans of bands such as My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive et all will surely take to their hearts.  Morgane Caux’s hushed inveigling vocals slowly rise from a glorious filigree of swelling dissonance, whirling guitars, drones, and driving beats, like a siren luring you deeper into a majestic, swirling, nebulous ocean of noise. Essential listening.

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Andy Von Pip

ANDY VON PIP - Founder, editor, writer, reviewer, photographer and all-round good guy at the House photographer for The Academy Music Group, Zuma Press, Event Magazine and Rex Features worldwide. You can check out his photography at Andy Von Pip Photography Has been new music tipster on BBC6 Music, Amazing Radio, and DJ on Strangeways Radio (USA.) Can currently be heard on IWFM Radio. His radio work has been described as sounding like Ian McCulloch on ketamine fused with Ringo Starr. New music tipster on Amazing Radio, moderator for BBC 6 Music DJ Tom Robinson's Fresh on the Net, former member of "BBC's Sound Of" panel. Written and photographic work has appeared in The Quietus, Music Week, Record Of The Day, The Guardian, GIITV, The Sabotage Times, Bido Lito, The Skinny, Louder Than War. Media partner and curator for Liverpool Sound City.

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