Song of the Day: Violens – Violent Sensation Descends

Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Today’s featured selection, chosen by Morning Show host John Richards, is Violent Sensation Descends by Violens from the 2008 EP V on Cantora Records.

Violens – Violent Sensation Descends (MP3)

Though there isn’t much info yet available on this newish NYC band, one needn’t look too far back to see where they’re coming from. Violens (pronounced “vy-lenz”) is made primarily of former members of Lansing-Dreiden, a musical and art collective that got its start in Miami. Their love of new wave synths and retro pop is as present as ever, and thankfully, they’ve held onto their tendency to wander into the occasional guitar drone. They appear now more focused on the musical end of their creativity, weaving together beautifully eerie rock with the ethereal pop vocals of Jorge Elbrecht. The progressions of Violent Sensation Descends serve as a perfect example of Violens’ crafty songwriting and the ease with which they’re able to capture ideas in the studio. Whereas Lansing-Dreiden was hit or miss with music critics, this first snippet of Violens seems poised to touch them all. New Yorkers, catch them 6/5 at the Mercury Lounge.

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