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Feedbands Reviews: The Vliets

By on June 12, 2013 in Record Reviews

Item number two in our review of albums released indie record label/vinyl subscription provider Feedbands. See our first post in the series for a run-down.

IMG_0328In June, Feedbands released their second album, a self-titled compilation of two EPs from psychedelic synth-rock group The Vliets (after the given name of a musician you might remember, Captain Beefheart aka Don Van Vliet. For youngsters: it rhymes with “fleets.”) With the exception of the cover design and the album itself (obviously), the package is pretty much the same as the first: the whole thing is shrink-wrapped; the jacket features album art and a track listing (though nowhere on the album cover is the name of the band or album mentioned. It is my understanding, however, that it’s up to the band to decide what they want their album jacket to look like) plus a “vinyl release by Feedbands” logo. The record labels are the same as before—the Feedbands logo plus “A” and “B” on either side. There’s a download card and a sticker, as well.

IMG_0334The record itself an opaque, marbled purple with streaks of blue, pink, black, and white, it looks like. It’s very cool looking and it brings out some of the colors in the eclectic album cover. The music is just as beautiful and multi-dimensional. I’m not quite sure how to describe it. “Psychedelic synth-rock” is surprisingly accurate. The Vliets have a jam-band style to them in their winding melodies, syncopated rhythms, multiple bridges, and use of synthesizers, but they’re also very tight, very intentional. They remind me of French electronica duo Air, specifically the soundtrack album they created for Sophia Coppola’s film the Virgin Suicides: floaty and fluid, somewhat otherworldly, haunting. But in the case of the Vliets, their faster tempos and lyrics keep them grounded. It shows strong musicianship from the members.

The sense of space and the musical influences from decades past make this album great for vinyl. Admittedly, there are some places where the electronica elements can sound out-of-place on a turntable, and there are several spots where the sibilance is much more noticeable on the vinyl than on the digital version, but overall it’s an interesting and impressive album. Well worth it.

This record is available for purchase at the Feedbands store.

You can keep tabs on the Vliets on Facebook, Twitter, and Bandcamp.

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