Thursday, May 16, 2013


Review: Green Violinist - More Thrill & Never Ending Blessings (2013)

Artist: Green Violinist
Album: More Thrill & Never Ending Blessings
Year: 2013
Label: Galileo Records/Gonzo Multimidia

 Diego Camargo


Thoughts: Green Violinist is a band from Belgium and More Thrill & Never Ending Blessings (2013) is their debut album.
Back in 2003, Vincent Defresne (vocals, acoustic guitars and keyboards) was in deep depression. Then, Vincent saw the Marc Chagall’s portrait called ‘The Green Violinist’ and suddenly that picture came to live in his mind. He decided to name his band Green Violinist.

In fact, Vincent was the member of the Prog band Sioban, but he decided that the band was not giving him joy anymore. He gathered a few old band mates like Régis Planque (bass) and Gabriel Peeters (drums and programming) and started to work on what it would be the first Green Violinist album.
More Thrill & Never Ending Blessings (2013) has also Emilie Laclais (backing vocals), Raphael Bresler (guitars) and Mathieu Vandermolen (guitars) and… what an album. Hard to explain the band’s sound.

More Thrill & Never Ending Blessings (2013) has a broad influence. The overall sound could be described as ‘Neoclassical Darkwave’, which means a lot of 80’s influence, the best example would be Dead Can Dance.

‘The Great Scapegoat Seeking’ starts and it’s pretty difficult to understand their music in a first glance, but one thing for sure, it’s melancholic and beautiful. Immersive.
The second track ‘Velvet Road’ and its electronic bits and somber vocals continues with the dark path.

‘Shy People’ begins with voices, regular people talking about their issues. But then… a twist, a ‘happy’ and upbeat song, tough the lyrics are completely dark and hopeless. The only one to be upbeat on the album. The acoustic ‘Do Worry Be Sad’ has a heavy beginning, but on the chorus we have an energetic track, but this track is like many songs within just one. In its more than 13 minutes we have a syncope of mini tracks and many moods, including some Post Rock.

‘Human Connection’ restarts the Green Violinist s grim sound. ‘Any Words You Say Won’t Be Enough’ has a weird drum beat for the band, almost heavy metal, but that’s what makes Green Violinist music interesting.
‘Bad Inheritance (A Song To Cure) closes the album with a great bass line and the most interesting and somber vocals in the middle.

More Thrill & Never Ending Blessings (2013) is a haunting and melancholic album that can take you  far, far away if you’re willing to go. And you know what? You should!

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