IN VIOLET: Amber CD Bottle Imp Productions
Bottle Imp is one of those DIY run labels that produce a wealth of understated music; and the UK’s In Violet are no exception.
Packaged in a quality fantastic hardback book, In Violet have produced a mass of guitar rock with a touch of G!YBE over layered with rich vocals. Occasional electronics are interweaved within the mix; as are touches of Post-Industrial and Post-Rock with Goth twangs on the harmonics; that play surprisingly well with the nod to Seattle’s Grunge era.
Overall this is a fairly eclectic mix; and whilst not all of this is my cup of tea, there is enough on here that plays with genres I love. There is bravery in just making music where whatever transpires is fine; and In Violet are exactly that.
Not hearing the artist before, ‘Amber’ was quite the surprise and a good one at that. The undercurrent of commercialism plays well with an obscure counter-culture dirty construction. The whole Godspeed influence is something that saves this album for me; where I normally would have struggled with the other sounds on offer, should they have been played out on their own. For the collector, this is worth getting (if you can) physically, just because of the packaging alone.