When you find a band so weird that you can’t quantify or qualify your reason for enjoying the holy hell out them, my theory is that you hold them tight in your arms and ears and treasure them for as long as you can. One of my greatest joys in life is finding something just like that—something you can’t even explain to friends why you like it, why they should care or why the music matters, just something inside of your soul swoons without reason, your mind is blown away and it gnaws at your insides with the “wondering why.” My most recent collection in this phenomena is Vial Of Sound—by new I mean since they’ve existed which is just over half a year. And to note, these guys are weird—a duo that plays all their songs on analog synths and equipment that is easily twice their own age, amazing, danceable weirdness that sounds like Kraftwerk mated with Gary Numan to be raised by Time era ELO. Yet, that description aside, this stuff is compelling, danceable magic on record that holds up on its own and, honestly, as far as my ear goes, hasn’t been done before. The lyrics are nearly indecipherable as they are sung through a vocoder until the ninth or tenth listen, the music sounds like it was imported from Berlin and the entire ambience carries the aire of Brian Eno’s experimental works about it, with a hint of quality disco. Seriously, Vial Of Sound should probably be pursued by every remix artist I know for an album of cultish dance numbers that will astound the globe.
“Ghost Ditch” is the opening track for their new EP Substance Organique Volatile and it’s a hell of a great track that opens a synthetic homage to all that occurred in the peculiar realms of European music when Krautrock was finding its electronic fringe niche. Vial Of Sound is great. Vial Of Sound is good. I like Vial Of Sound and believe that everybody should. I will, however, never be able to explain why—maybe they are exploring frequencies not often sought that tickle my ear or my mind, but this is great stuff and no one else is doing it. This is how everyone in the past thought the future would sound, this is the dream of Moog come true and it’s brilliant every step of the way—what I love is that it comes off as if androids may have made this album after becoming self-aware (obviously music would be the first thing, in my mind, robots would want to create), but I know these guys and they are far from robots, they are brilliant musicians in this and other realms. “Ghost Ditch” is one of the most amazing, alluring and fascinating openers to any body of recorded work I’ve heard in a long while. Why? Well, listen to it below…it may sound simple at first, then listen to it again, then again…by the fourth listen you will be drooling with delight and if you’re not, then your brain is simply not prepared for this kind of thing. In the end…all you can think is “Dance, Don’t Stop” and that’s not a bad ethic to maintain in any capacity at all.
If you are not at Coachella on Saturday, April 13th it is imperative to head to Crescent Ballroom and catch this amazing duo—with support from Peachcake, Wooden Indian, Spirit Cave, Treasure Mammal and a DJ Set by The Holy Coast, there are no flaws in this lineup. There will be ten track CDs at the show included with the price of admission that contain both EPs by Vial Of Sound, as well as limited test pressings of SOV on Vinyl upon which hand-stenciled cover art will be created on the spot. Do yourself a favor and open your ears to a Vial Of Sound.
dance, don’t stop
let it in you
the lives you make it’s all we take
it’s all through you
we’re around every day that you say
that you’re not ready yet to give in
but you can’t …
being yourself to get loose
dance don’t stop
let it in you
dance, or create
better than complaining that you lose
you want it, you make it
we love it, we need it
roll over, we’ll take it