Wednesday, July 20, 2011
The Violet Hour is Baltimore's mysteriously transcendent duo of Beth Varden and Andriana Pateris. Their carefully layered blend of dream-psych has been a highly coveted but seldom seen live show in town for the past several years. This weekend at the Metro Gallery they are celebrating the release of their debut full length on vinyl.
The Violet Hour was recorded in Baltimore several years ago at Lord Baltimore Studios. It was engineered by Rob Girardi, who recorded each and every lush layer directly to two-inch analog tape. The style of production used is most appreciated when experienced on vinyl, and Friends Records pressed up a very limited batch of this title to share.
Above is a stream of the full album, available digitally through Bandcamp. Physically, there are 250 hand-numbered copies on wax, with art by Beth Varden that was screen-printed by Chris Day at Open Space. These will first be made available on Saturday.
Saturday's show at the Metro Gallery also features Television Hill, Vlonde (formerly Bear & Pieces), and a solo set by David Bergander of Celebration. The event starts at at 9 PM on July 23, and you can get tickets right here. More info on The Violet Hour right here.