Heather Bolton and Hannah de Koster are Vox Venus. The duo from New Zealand recently released Rise & Shine. Their music felt somewhere between the underrated band Broadcast and Feist. The music is a mix between what sounds like older analog synths and cathay melodies. There is more to the music than that but that tends to be the center of most of the songs.
“Cheesy Song Of Broken Hearts” is a great song and I also think I understand why they named it that. The song sort of rides the line between something cheesy and not. It’s super upbeat and unapologetically joyful. It’s in the spirit of “1234” by Feist. Although it does ride that line it manages to successfully avoid the saccharine moments every time you think there might be a collision. It's subtle and nuanced. The lyrics are on point. They sing “How can it beat without a crucial piece of machinery? / A marvel of science, a wonder of the modern world / Or a model of compliance.”
Up next is “Ctrl Alt Del” and this song is synth heavy. I loved the vibe. It’s a bit playful, a bit danceable in some weird way and also contains killer lyrics which felt existential. Some of the possible themes are simulation theory and biological robots who dwell on their own mortality. All of that is on the table. The xylophone and jam section you can also take to the bank.
“Wish” initially felt a little more pop oriented. The music is sort of playful again but a little pensive. I thought the lyrics fit the music. It’s about larger philosophical questions such as existence. The song is also about the cosmos. I’m wondering if they are fans of Carl Sagan and Neil deGrasse Tyson? I have a feeling they are. That's a big thumbs up fro me.
Last up is “Rise & Shine” which sounded meditative. The song revolves around drones, xylophone, ukulele and exceptional vocals. I thought the bells and xylophone continued with the playful vibe. There is this child-like innocence and wonder I think they were trying to convey. That wonder seems to be asking questions about potential and truth but is unabashedly hopeful.
This is an exceptional release. The production, delivery and songwriting all felt top notch. These songs are a little deeper than they let on but you can also appreciate what’s on the surface.
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