Azar

Venice is Sinking
Azar
One Percent Press

 
Georgia collective Venice is Sinking releases a new CD, Azar, on March 31. It recalls some of the best elements of 90s ambient post-rock while breathing fresh energy into the genre. Sunny vocal harmonies and eclectic instrumentation blending rock and orchestral instruments create an inviting surface.   At core a quintet, they are abetted by some wonderful trumpet lines from guest Colin Jones on “Okay;” one of their finest songs to date, it glides alongside the aesthetics of Shrimp Boat and Sea and Cake.

 
Cooing vocal harmonies halo Daniel Lawson’s lead vocal on “Wetlands Dancehall,” an affecting update of 50s pop stylings and progressions. “Young Master Sunshine” has the convivial feel, duet vocals, and slowcore pacing of Low. That said, a soaring trumpet solo puts it safely away from the dangers of troping. Several instrumental vignettes show off the group’s ensemble interaction and gift for nuance. Karolyn Troupe sings lead on a pleasingly enigmatic, episodic, and proggy “Sun Belt.” “Iron Range” invites listeners to bask in soaring, dream pop sonics. “Charm City” closes Azar with a slowly unfolding, well-arranged valediction. One hopes to revisit their considerably charming music often.
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