2 November 2021
Band: VEDA RAYS (Brooklyn, NY)
Who: An act that started as a modern extension of traditional dream pop, indie
and post-punk. The group has since developed a unique voice through several years of steadfast experimentation, making records, and filing through the ranks of the Brooklyn DIY scene. Analog synths, treated samples, and other varied electronic elements add an atmospheric richness. The orchestral flourishes and texturally nuanced sonics oft times broaden the scope unto cinematic heights or tighten the focus down to minimal depths. The lyrics and imagery often explore liminal spaces of abstraction and surreality, channeling subconscious impulses reacting to the present moment.
Members: Jim Stark (vox, guitar, production) and Maria Joanna Bohemia (synths/ keys)
Turn Up The Volume: Veda Rays started their musical Odyssey, back in 2014. This new longplayer ‘Crucial Fictions’ is their third full-length work and it feels like the band has reached a significant stopover on their sonic quest. It feels like they finally arrived where they wanted to be, so far. Obviously inspired by the British synth-pop of the late 70s/early 80s and afterward, the movement of New Romantics who brought the hedonistic way of life of glam and glitter stars Bowie, Marc Bolan, Roxy Music, and like-minded spirits back into the night-clubs.
Expect echoes of early Soft Cell (Rose Like Leather / Dissonance / Strange Anniversary),
of The Human League’s second life era of Dare (Coursing Through Veins, Days Bleed / Past Gone), of dark-electro-wave titans Depeche Mode (Dissonance / Gold Wave / Fall In Fall
In (All Down The Well), and also the shadowy world of Bauhaus (Teeth Showing / Effigies).
Past, present, future, this music genre is about translating all sorts of human afflictions, real and fictional, into heartrending and impassioned tunes that connect, that comfort and that soothe as it also happens right here with Veda Rays‘ new chapter. Don’t put on the lights to dance, it’s more thrilling to move around in the dark.
Singles/clips: Rose Likes Leather / Dissonance / Fall In Fall In (All Down The Well)
– ROSE LIKES LEATHER –
– DISSONANCE –
– FALL IN FALL IN (ALL DOWN THE WELL) –
Stream/buy ‘Crucial Fictions’ here…
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