been 4 years since SkidMark voted the Violet's last release, "To
Where You Are"
best independent CD of 2006, and so to say the release of Cinéma
has been 'eagerly anticipated' is definitely an understatement!
And I'm happy to say the new album doesn't disappoint. The first
two tracks 'Goodnight Goodbye'
& 'Midnight's Child'
are characteristically cool High Violets bliss-pop for which the
price of the CD is worth alone, but there are a couple of surprises
along the way such as the piano driven track 3
which is the closest to a melancholy song I've ever heard from
the Violets, track 4 'Ciné'
which features Clint Sargent on vocals, (and although I fell in
love with Kaitlyn Ni Donovan's voice years ago,
the male vocals on this track really works giving the song a real
classic shoegaze quality), and the instrumental track
which has nuances of spacey, trippy 80's electronica. The beautiful,
shimmering exit track 'Vortex'
is a fitting end to a wholesome, tour de force of the shoegaze
genre - a deserving recipient of SkidMark's BEST
INTERNATIONAL INDEPENDENT CD 2010hoegaze
Reviewer: Mark Edwards