Vensaire’s intricate fusion of international folk influences, Western pop, and indie-rock culminates with Perdix, their self-released debut due out April 15. Formed in late 2011 in New York’s Chinatown, the five-piece — Alex LaLiberte (vocals/guitar), Windowspeak‘s Robert Earl Thomas (guitars/vocals), Hunter Hawes (bass), Alex Jacobs (drums, percussion), and Renata Zeiguer (violin, vocals) — put out their self-titled EP in 2012. The release intrigued Grammy-winning producer Scott Colburn (Arcade Fire, Animal Collective, Prince Rama) so much so that he traveled from Seattle to live with the outfit in their Brooklyn apartment and record the full-length.
With eight tracks that ooze otherworldly vocals and exotic instrumentals — thanks to the band’s collection of tablas, sitar, erhu, guzheng, and a variety of percussion instruments that come from Zeiguer’s Argentinian and Philippine roots — Vensaire’s new LP is a mixed batch of complexly fluid compositions. Case in point is “See, I’m You,” a daydream of a tune that transports listeners to a mystical place where glistening harmonies change pace in rollicking rhythm. If that wasn’t enough: The album’s last track (“Wanderer Christened”) wreathes right back into the first (“If”), allowing the record to be played on loop while showcasing Vensaire’s avant production techniques.
Catch the group at their record release show at Brooklyn’s Baby’s All Right on April 14 and stream Perdix in full below.