Boomkat Product Review:
Superb, variegated debut LP of twysted vintage drum machine crack and cinematic techno synths from Maria Inês Borges Coutinho’s Violet for Dark Entries, marking one of their rare forays into contemporary productions.
Covering all bases between Serpente-like jungle deviations to lamping, latinate techno, metallic boogie and ambient breeze, ‘Bed Of Roses’ ‘fesses to the full spectrum of Violet’s style, as previously heard in 12”s for her Naive imprint, and the One Eyed Jacks and Paraíso labels since start of this decade.
The 10 songs were conceived as a “healing device” or “a sort of childhood-teenage memories diary” and see her come to terms with nostalgia and buried feelings. As such she strikes a fine balance of introspection and dancefloor escapism, taking in the Jasss-like fusion of dark, lustrous synths and deviant, reticulated junglism with her striking opener ‘Tears in 1983’, while the FM synth-refracted feel and title of ‘Bed Of Roses’ harks back to herself as a 9 y.o. with a thing for Jon Bon Jovi. But if you’re after proper club gear, best check the whirling metallic dembow of ‘In The Aquarius’, or the Nite Jewel boogie flex of ‘They Don;’t Wanna Know’, and the bruxist thump of ‘Spectral.’ But they’re really all best heard in the flow of the album, along with its swaggering downstrokes in ‘Half Crazy’ and the Teresa Winter-like vectors of ‘Never Leave.’