Today im doing something a little different *drum roll please’ its a music review for the band : ‘The Velvet Teen’
If “counting Crows” and “Paramore” had a music baby it would be The Velvet Teen…
The indie rock band from sunny California have vocals that could often put you to a sleep, whether you’re listening to their chilled out song “All is Illusory” or its their upbeat “GTra” They provide the ideal music for travel and road trips. The Trio had been rock underdogs since 2006, until their new fourth album and song ‘All is illusory.’ The album creates a very relaxed atmosphere for any listen, whilsy the song,takes you to another place making people dream of a better and different world. The beautiful vocals of Judah Nagler are blissfully accompanied by the slow paced playing of a piano.
Their songs “eclipses” and “you were the first” takes drumming to the next level, featuring various beats,sounds and riffs it is enough to kick start any private jamming bobbing session. “The giving in” has similar sounds as other popular artists such as “Muse” and with the juxtaposition of Naglers relaxed vocals to the upbeat yet drumming. The overall feel of the album is calming and deep, after hearing “Manifest” it’s safe to say the band is not short of instruments to use in their songs, similarly to their song “sonreo” where again the band showcase their endless talent showcasing vocals,drums and electronics. The 90’s inspired band provide music for the indie, grunge crowd.
Their song “pecos” is a little chaotic and I personally think “Taken over” is a tad too ‘whiny’ and miserable although it suits the band and has its place in the album. Those are the only two songs on the album that I did not replay over eight times, therefore meaning the album as a whole is great for whether you’re feeling down or you just need to escape the world for a while.
Of the album the two songs to definitely look out for are “the giving in” …..and “All is illusory” some say the song is chilling and ghostly due to the frequent echoing, however the chilled feel comes from the lack of any other instruments to act as a distractration to the listener. The lack of other instruments, as well as Naglers calming voice provide an honest feel to the song which is also echoed in the lyrics Nagler sings, for example “your eyes gave you away… to lose track of time with you and I’d run away” Nagler gives a fresh chilled tone and feeling to your stereotypical love songs.
And with lyrics such as, “Like a lock of hair I keep you close to me” what’s not to love?
The Bands Twitter: @thevelvetteen
See You Soon,