Having more than impressed around two years ago under the moniker London Has Fallen with the album Breathe, the duo of Alecia Gates and Cameron Gorham take things to another level with Nightwalker (Pt. 1). Now named Venus Theory, their creative union takes all the alternative/melodic rock and electronic qualities already established in their sound into new pastures of maturity and adventure within a release which consumes almost devours ears and imagination with emotive and atmospheric intensity.
Hailing from Peoria, Illinois, first came together in 2013 and over time earned increasing praise and attention especially through a pair of albums in Fracture and even more so Breathe. When the move to Venus Theory we cannot tell you but it comes with a definite evolution in their music which quickly reveals a darker more experimental edge and equally potent new attributes in Nightwalker (Pt. 1).
First track Fire opens like mist, its electronic dust coming together around the ever enticing vocals of Gates. With her harmonic tones a beacon in its shadowed immersion of ears, the song continues to slowly but evocatively swirl around the senses with gothic and emotive suggestion with Gorham’s keys casting a tapestry of electronic drama as haunting and powerful as Gates’ soaring voice.
The following Afraid to Let Go similarly simmers around the listener as Gates’ harmonic beauty unravels the song’s heart and emotion, its grace as haunting and seductively solemn as its predecessor’s yet with an elegant radiance which invites unbridled attention. It is like a glimpse into a bigger reflection of sound and emotive exploration yet a full and rich look which fascinates and absorbs the imagination like a moth to the flame before Echo resonates with electronic ripples and mystique soaked melodic suggestiveness. There is a keener edge and weight to the track, in both its industrial nurtured temptation and Gate’s vocal fervency. The track is outstanding, the peak of the already impressing release though its successor makes a powerful challenge.
Lay Down shares a bolder electronic serenade with its rhythmic undercurrent a skittish tempting inviting feet and bodies to share its tenacity. Above its shuffle, melodies and vocals unite in harmonic intimation of the song’s heart and soul; a mix which sees the release once more beguiles ears and thoughts but with a greater potency in luring the body to physically and greedily involved.
The release ends with Heart Still Beating; an atmospheric kiss with deep realms of melodic splendour and emotion drenched atmospherics, Gates and Gorham absorbing the listener into their creative depths and imagination once again through another individual haunting current of emotion and sound. It is a transfixing end to an EP which infests and explores the listener as much as its own dark corners and emotional intensity and a release which confirms Venus Theory as one of the most mesmeric treats around.
Nightwalker (Pt. 1) is released Oct 6th.
Pete RingMaster 26/09/2017
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