Friday, January 29, 2010

Tonight : The Violet Hour (oh... and a lot more)

The Violet Hour at the Metro Gallery
Tonight's the night, folks. Bmore Musically Informed's first curated show takes place at the G Spot with Arbouretum, Wye Oak, Sri Aurobindo, Weekends, and The Violet Hour.

Yeah, we're a little excited. In addition to a potential collaboration that can only result in good things, expect brand new songs from most/all of the artists playing tonight.

Today I wanted to feature the evening's openers, a duo that could headline a gig any night of the week. The Violet Hour's live show has been a bit of a commodity as of late, but hopefully their debut album has graced your ears a bit more often. This was one of the standout releases of 2009 for me, an album that had been put together a few years before eventually seeing the light of day.

Beth Varden (Incandescent Aura Broadcaster) and Andrianna Pateris (Cosmic Cosmopolitan Traveller) create a form of psychedelic folk that is both hypnotic and beautiful. Deeply rich in sonics and layers, there is an immediate feeling of meditation once you've allowed the album to envelop you completely.

I recently spoke with Beth and she had some good news to share...

First off, The Violet Hour will be participating in Catharine Pancake's upcoming film project at the 5th Dimension on March 12th. This will go down at the H&H, and will feature new film shorts with live musical accompaniment by a number of Baltimore artists.

Next up, Beth is working on her first solo release. It will be released on cassette via Lost Ghosts Records sometime this spring. It will be a covers record, and will feature songs that remain a secret at the moment. Beth will be working with Sri Aurobindo's Mike Romano on this release, who will be helping out with production and hopefully be playing and singing a bit as well.

Last but most certainly not least, The Violet Hour are just about finished writing the songs for their second record. The new full length should bless us with its presence sometime this year, but look to get a taste of some of the new songs tonight.

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