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Victim Of Vultures

by Voltress

Voltress combines mean, moody synthesizers with strong and sensual female vocals. Part futuristic, part retro, Voltress is 70s-inspired synth rock with a modern twist.
Genre: Electronic: Experimental
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Down The Sleep Tube
4:03 album only
2. God's Western
7:51 album only
3. Roommate
2:14 album only
4. Winter
5:23 album only
5. Love Is Like Oxygen
4:59 album only
6. The Strangest Secret
4:55 album only
7. Love Turns
4:54 album only
8. Through The Room
2:00 album only
9. Your Eyeball In My Claws
2:01 album only
10. Victim Of The Vultures
2:28 album only


Album Notes
Voltress combines mean, moody synthesizers with strong and sensual female vocals. Reminiscent of Rick Wakeman, Tangerine Dream, and Dead Can Dance, Voltress also brings to mind Fischerspooner, Portishead, and Garbage. Part futuristic, part retro, Voltress is 70s-inspired synth rock with a modern twist.

Voltress began when drummer/keyboardist Eric Hartz acquired a collection of vintage analog synthesizers. He began experimenting and set about finding a chanteuse to complete the music he was creating. Enter Courtney Collins, who loved what she heard, and began writing and recording with Eric. The recording Victim Of Vultures was released in October of 2004.

CDs by Hum Machine, ERIC HARTZ's other band, are available on CD Baby at: http://cdbaby.com/cd/hummachine

To purchase COURTNEY COLLINS'S solo CD, Violet Night, go to: http://cdbaby.com/all/arenavenus

CDs by Arena Venus, COURTNEY's former band, are also available on CD Baby. Check out the Christmas lounge CD and the power pop EP at:

Visit www.CourtneyCollins.com and www.HumMachine.com for more!



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Rick Tvedt, Rick's Cafe - South Central Wisconsin's Regional Mus

A gothic, electronic stew that redefines the word "cool."
Simultaneously retro and hip, the first release from Voltress charts some engaging and distinctive territory. Consisting of Hum Machine drummer Eric Hartz and Arena Venus vocalist Courtney Collins, Voltress explores dark psychological corners of the mind while wading in a quicksand of thick, multi-layered synthesizers. Hartz handles all the keys, samples, loops, drums, and other instruments. He prefers synthesizers of the analog persuasion, apparently, on what sounds like vintage instruments, making ample use of envelope filters and oscillation. Add Collins's syrupy alto and dreamy, psychedelic lyrics, along with her penchant for melody, and you've got a gothic, electronic stew that redefines the word "cool."
The album opens with the bubbly "Down The Sleep Tube," all buzzing synths and crooning vocals set to a sequenced drum beat. "God's Western," one of the album's best tracks, is a slow, melodic dirge that borders on trip-hop, bringing Portishead to mind. The band weaves sound bites into various tracks, most effectively on the roommate-from-hell track "Roommate," which captures Hartz's co-habitant in a rage. On the brief "Your Eyeball in My Claws" the sound bite and the music fit together perfectly. The funereal "Winter" possesses a lovely melody and metaphorically poetic lyrics. The standout track here, however, is a kick-ass cover of "Love Is Like Oxygen," the 1978 hit by Sweet, the band that also brought you "Ballroom Blitz" and "Little Willie." The only song to feature guitars, and thick, chunky ones at that, this one rocks with abandon. "The Strangest Secret" also bears mentioning, with its message of conformity and Collins' swooning and repeating "you learn what not to say." Although the dirges are cool, the tracks with the most beat shine the brightest.
Fans of Tangerine Dream and other vintage synth bands will find this album appealing as will anyone who appreciates experimentation over imitation.