Shallow adds a jangly quality to the guitar sound, creating a perverted surf-rock vibe that harks back to the group’s early work, with drummer D. Alex Meeks providing a solid breakbeat to the song while April Aliermo’s bassline shines on Impressions, which is a song that features one of the most satisfying false endings I’ve heard. Solid rock drumming and bass-work anchors A Final Hello’s twisted ‘80s synth-pop while album closer, Venus, is arrhythmic and discordant, illustrating why Venus is on edge. Venus On Edge is an interesting album – in that it invokes a great ambivalence in the listener, though perhaps that’s just me and others may fall on either side of the line of “love it or hate it” – that bears repeat listening.
This is an extract from a review originally published on the 28th May 2016. Please visit Renowned For Sound to read the full review.