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Velvet Morning - Paranoia | FESTIVALPHOTO

Velvet Morning - Paranoia

Velvet Morning
From Upcoming EP 'Velvet Morning' (out Feb on Tree House Music)

Velvet Morning are a newly formed band whose art describes personality, truth, beauty, inspiration and euphoria in the form of guitar based psychedelia. They will surely paint a perpetual picture of glistening motion in your mind.

The group’s main songwriting source is the young artistic crooner Samuel Jones (Vocals/Guitars), supported by a band of slick musicians John Kirkwood (Bass), Luke Elgar (Guitars) and Chris Richardson (Drums). They hail from the sleepy Essex coastline of Southend-on-Sea, and although the town has at a time held an underground allure for spearheading a new wave scene with associated acts such as These New Puritans and The Horrors, to his credit Jones has always dwelled on breaking the small town mould even further, insistent on finding influence outside of his local mentality.

Predominantly siphoning psych stalwarts including The Brian Jonestown Massacre, The Jesus & Mary Chain, Psychedelic Furs and Spacemen 3, the bands’ creative output also inadvertently adheres to a golden age of new cosmic idols – Moon Duo, Night Beats, White Fence, Hookworms and Psychic Ills to name a few. Yet in no way do these guys fail to present an original approach to their sound and to their songwriting. Velvet Morning very much display a uniquely avant-garde expression of the modern pop structure.

Veering from multilayered instrumentation to sparse drone, they theme their music around a slow, downbeat tempo. Decadently embellished by the pretty sounds of space and propelled by a smooth and tranquil baggy beat, Jones’ low, washed-out vocals retreat among the languid soundscapes encouraging a wholly atmospheric disposition. ‘Paranoia’ has undoubtedly potent lyrics and instrumental breaks, cinemising hallucinogenic tendencies to provide comfort to an itchy trip.

Writer: Anthony May
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