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Brooklyn folk-pop quintet Vensaire releases concept album "Perdix"

New album out now
New album out now
Meghan Ellie Smith

Vensaire is the band for a world where bands don't matter. In a culture lived on the internet and spoken in tongues of allusion and reference, the idea that a "band" in any traditional sense could be important is frightfully outdated. But this is the very void Vensaire was conceived in. Their music, a mystical concoction that spills over you in a wave of joy and longing, not only makes you dance, but ushers you along the path of reflection and growth. In this vein, Vensaire is the synthesis of five unique and disparate personalities three years in the making. Their debut will finally see the light of day with the concept album Perdix: a sweeping story of discovery and adventure based on Homer's Odyssey that crosses four continents before penetrating to the very heart of creation itself.

Perdix in some ways calls to mind the producer's discography. Vensaire aptly employs samples and electronic drums to augment the vocal and instrumental melodies at the heart of each song. What sets the band apart, however, is the complexity and variety of it's compositions. "See I'm You" builds from the reversed sample of a friend's voice into an anthemic pop gem. "Porteño" rides the exuberance of Spanish-style guitars and "Song 6" revels in gorgeous Asian-inspiried strings. "Rose Cottage" is perhaps the most indicative of what Vensaire is capable of: a three-movement creation that rises above the simple looping structure of most sample-based songs, slowing to a delicate acoustic middle section before climaxing in resounding group vocals. Perdix ends as it began, allowing the record to be looped ad infinitum- yet another example of Vensaire's clarity of vision and execution.