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The Roulettes - Album Review: Venus Burns

27 Apr 2018 // A review by Andrew Smit

Opening with a crash of drums and melodic guitar the ever-fresh sound of The Roulettesannounce their latest album Venus Burns with the rousing opening track Stealing Electricity.

Thankfully the band have not strayed from their captivating psychedelic sound with songs that are loaded with glorious guitar chords full of sparkling harmonics and hypnotic stomping rhythms. Their music is like a mesmerising lava lamp that is alive and flows to their broad choral musical compositions, that is surprisingly created by just 3 instruments!

A wonderfully catchy vocal cry imbues the title track Venus Burns while Justin McLean’s lead guitar and vocal bends and weaves giving the track an extra burst of psychedelia. Other highlights of the album are Mark Queenin’s rolling drums on Dogs which propel the drilling guitar riffs, while Slow Dance bops along full of flowing musical harmonics boosted by its upbeat rhythm.

I love the rock vibe on Girlfriend with its abundance of guitar rock riffs and cymbal crashing perfection. Alchemy has a cool and classy vocal from Justin with nice backing vocals from Bassist Ben Grant round this catchy tune off with nonchalant style.

The Roulettes compositions on this album are a psychedelic union of progressive and traditional arrangements that blend into a dazzling harmonious fusion of sound that invoke visions of everchanging colour and light, who could ask for more.


Review written by Andrew Smit

 

About The Roulettes

The Roulettes – Self-titled album, 2014

“Located between power pop, indie rock and with a fine sense of focused economy… you'd be astonished if mainstream rock radio as well as student stations didn't find a lot to their liking here… (songs which) would slip in comfortably alongside the best of US indie rock… A very sound and enjoyable debut from this three-piece.” Graham Reid, www.elsewhere.co.nz

The Roulettes was recorded at Uncle Fred’s woolshed near Mercer and with Milan Lovre Borich from Pluto at his pocket studio ‘The Wall’ before he departed for LA.

Visit the muzic.net.nz Profile for The Roulettes

Releases

Venus Burns
Year: 2017
Type: Album
The Roulettes
Year: 2014
Type: Album
Unread Books
Year: 2010
Type: EP
You Want It
Year: 2009
Type: EP

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