Friday, December 16, 2011

The Dawn of Redeeming Grace

Venus Bogardus (James Reich and Hannah Levbarg) have graced us with a cool ep release just in time for Christmas.  "Music from The Endless Possibility of Sky" is four instrumental tracks,  that includes two yule classics and two Venus Bogardus originals. Did I mention that it's music from the forthcoming movie, The Endless Possibility of I did.

It's a digital album available for the ridiculously low price of $2 (that's two American dollars, folks!) At those prices you can't go wrong. You could listen or download without paying, but it's a shame if you do. As Billy Mays would say: That's $4 dollars worth of music for $2... do it!, you know you want to.

While you're at it buy a copy of James Reich's novel "I, Judas" Walk alongside Judas and Jesus, taste the wine, smell the whores, slip the noose over your head, witness the fear, self loathing and betrayal. Then... abandon all hope... of putting it down until you've finished reading it.

This Christmas I'm treating myself to the entire Venus Bogardus catalog, Spitting At The Glass, Tourist and Motorman and not for the purpose of writing reviews. This will be strictly for pleasure.

Sometimes, listening to an album for the sake of reviewing the music takes the piss out of it.  Playing a song over and over to decipher the lyrics can be pure drudgery. Though, that's not the case here, seeing how these are instrumentals.

"Silent Night" that old yuletide warhorse is born anew. Hannah's bass notes rumble ominously  as James builds that old familiar tune into a dissonant electric guitar rave-up. Thus, keeping it relevant for a few more holiday seasons to come.

"The Vault" has a Vince Guaraldi style piano riff, that conveys the crunchy feel of fresh snow underfoot while warming your soul in front of a roaring fire sitting alongside Judas Iscariot.

"Meth" is the music that plays in your skanky drug addicted relative's head as she shoots up in the bathroom while everyone gathers round to open presents.

"Jingle Bells" with piano notes as sparse as robins on a winter landscape brings us back to the spiritual side of Christmas. It is after all, Christmas music.