Velveljin presents "ABC". Released from the parisian label RÉCIT, this EP includes 4 simple Pop / Rock style tracks based on New Wave / Post Punk.
The title track "ABC" starts with the words "I came down a long road" sounding like a confession. This track was written after the experience in the mountains. The experience described there is not the one of a simple record of a vertical achievement as climbing toward the peak, but the one of a fragmented memory including an inner reflection. The first sense of spring in the snowy deep mountains where the band stayed in 2016 is harmonized in a new wave style piece.
The lyrics of "Dolly Gray" and "Of Bloom" are written after "Ulysses" by James Joyce. The former recalls rough and tight texture that could be listened in the band's first self release, or the Post Punk music in the 2000's. The latter, starting with a reversed guitar melody, is a simple and peaceful Blues / Garage style track.
The track "Bonjour", sang in Japanese, is difficult to define at once if it's joking or serious. Here, sounds from various genres are mixed up.
Through these works, we can feel influences from classical band sound like The Smith or The Cure, and the change in the band’s way of creation as the lyrics. Changing their base from Kyoto to Paris, and passing through Punk, Rock, Electronica, and Contemporary music and also Silence influenced by John Cage’s philosophy, it seems now that the band tries to expresse all of these experiences in the frame of "Pop music".
The cover image and the graphic design was realized by Masayuki Makino, a Tokyo based designer. The mastering was realized by Kassian Troyer, a Berlin based engineer and artist of RÉCIT, who have worked with Pantha du Prince, Jan Jelinek, Pole, Fennesz and more.