Instead, what ‘Peace on Venus’ offers is a condensed version of those sounds. At 40 minutes it’s the band’s shortest and most approachable album to date: a five-track trip of slow, strange loveliness. The drums crash and the amped up guitar noise crackles tensely, but Isabel Sollenberger’s high-pitched voice and flute shine through the murk. Prefacing the final two songs, which come in at over ten minutes apiece, ‘Fir’ begins like a doom metal track put through a chain of 12 consecutive reverb pedals.
Sollenberger assures us, from behind her somniferous wall of sound on opening song ‘Kali Yuga Blues’, that ‘it’s going to be alright’. That’s quite a statement for a song named after the Hindu end of days, but settle into ‘Peace on Venus’, and you’ll find that – despite drones, global warming and austerity – such hippyish tropes can still be surprisingly effective when deployed like this: from the middle of a storm that builds and builds, and never breaks. Buy this album here
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