Current live guitarist for Biffy Clyro and former Oceansize and British Theatre front man Mike Vennart, brings us his second solo album and the follow up to the 2015 release The Demon Joke in the form of 10 tracks spanning 54 minutes of eclectic and hypnotising entertainment.
Vennart states that the idea around the album is mindfulness, madness and magic and this is felt throughout the release as we twist from relaxing Alternative, to Hard Rock and back again whilst taking in plenty of other influences. The vocal morphs along with the music, from soothing with the slower more refined tracks to distorted when accompanying the heavier sections of the album and often within the same track.
There are no rules to this release, other than making the music that feels right. As you would imagine there are a lot of guitar leads that are as impressive and technical as the variety displayed on the album and the clear freedom toward the song writing is reflected in the album tracks.
‘Donkey Kong’ is one of the rockier tracks on the album, whilst ‘That’s Not Entertainment’ has a more relaxed feel around and in the middle are some very solid Prog infused Rock tracks with plenty of atmosphere and a lot of unpredictability.
If you are after a break from the norm, something bursting with quality and Prog Rock thrown in a blender with whatever else Vennart felt like, then this is for you. It is an intellectual masterpiece to be able to combine the style and influences to produce such an enjoyable album.
To Cure A Blizzard Upon A Plastic Sea was released (Today) September 14th 2018 on Medium Format.
2. Donkey Kong
3. Immortal Soldiers
4. The Wave
5. Friends Don’t Owe
6. Spider Bones
8. That’s Not Entertainment
9. Diamond Ballgag
10. Robots In Disguise