Emily Jones || November 23rd
Venus Rising have had a good year, to say the least. Playing gigs around the country, on bills with big name acts, releasing a single to rave reviews and now this. Their second single ‘Woodlight’.
It’s different to ‘Lazy Daze’, their last release, in the sense that it’s far more relaxing. ‘Woodlight’ is something you could easily fall asleep to, but that’s certainly not an insult. Front woman Sheena Bratt’s soft vocals shine through, in this stripped back folk track about enjoying the small pleasures in life with the people you love. A trickling guitar, accompanied by silky smooth bass and additional harmonies from fellow band members, make the overall sound of ‘Woodlight’ heavenly.
It’s an altogether enjoyable piece of music from start to finish, demonstrating the band’s musical diversity and ability to flit between genres and styles. You won’t be able to get your groove on, but you will be able to de-stress and let your cares slide away.
I doubt Venus Rising have any plans for a relaxation album in the near future, but ‘Woodlight’ proves that anything is possible. If you have a hard time coping with the pre-Christmas stress, I highly recommend you listen to this. Those winter blues will be far behind you.