Violin Venus - Violin Venus
Jane Hunt, under the moniker Violin Venus, has put out quite a gem. Her four track EP, Violin Venus, is set to release sometime this year. We were able to get a sneak peak and I'm happy to report that the wait will be well worth it. Jane Hunt is a violinist from the UK and well versed in adding plenty of tasteful, thrilling electronic accompaniment behind her soothing voice and violin/guitar. Hopefully Violin Venus is just a small taste of great things to come from Hunt.
Since the album only consists of four songs, I'll go ahead and break down each one. The first track, "Vasene," starts the album into an electronica direction. The track reminds me of a Tori Amos/Bjork love child. The pace is slow and steady but appropriately so for her voice that's very soft-spoken on "Vasene." The next track, "Melia Dream," sets things up in a classical stringed setting. Light percussion tinkles in the background amongst Hunt's violin. It definitely creates an epic atmosphere throughout its movement scheme. The third track, "Flying High," favors a guitar instead of a violin and there are no vocals. Very similarly to the second song, it's a bit monotonous, but moves in the way of a classical piece rather than a modern pop song. The last track though, "Sahara," is the stand out of all four. Incorporated within are more soulful violin, with Indian percussion, and more stringed accompaniment. Though "Vasene" is the only track that seems to contain any vocals, the great attraction to this album for me was most definitely the violin. Lots of vocals were definitely unnecessary.
Though it's a bit hard to judge an artist based solely on four of their songs, I'd say Jane Hunt will be going places big once she releases an LP. She has already played at the U.S. Open, Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall, and many others to come. No doubt this is an act that one should consider listening to if you're looking for something to relax you after a long hard day. No dancing, no singing, but plenty in the way of aural pleasure. Look forward to seeing the self titled EP from Violin Venus very soon!
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