Upper Wilds – Venus

Recent noise rock and roll indie alternative band, aerial cosmonauts, Upper Wilds, play on socializing as a “rock, even hardcore-ish” musician on 'Venus'....
Upper Wilds : Venus
7.0 Thrill Jockey
2021 
Upper Wilds : Venus

Recent noise rock and roll indie alternative band, aerial cosmonauts, Upper Wilds, play on socializing as a “rock, even hardcore-ish” musician on Venus. This loud, spacey, and now sappier is something to be on the live hard rock scene. With many albums Upper Wilds does a release astronauts thing, plus like a good live punks band would, they roar, raid, riot here even for a happy ripping free feeling, all sorted by the title Venus, then each “Love Song” numbered.

Much like their songs on some previous records, Upper Wilds begin strong and finish well enough, however “Love Song #1”, “Love Song #4”, “Love Song #5”, and “Love Song #8” stand out, where the others mill about. See “Love Song #6” versus the more there version in “Love Song #3” or “Love Song #2” being the extended beat ideas. “Love Song #4”, with the final go of “Love Song #8”, “Love Song #9”, “Love Song #10” plays a little more relaxed, but still loud. Such is the life of the ever loud band present amid a trippy subcultured rock scene, blasting ‘hardcore’ licks, kicks, cricks, bricks in the wall, but this also limits the still ever-present scene it holds. So, it is on “Love Song #1”, “Love Song #4” and “Love Song #8”, even “Love Song #3” are great, but need more effort maybe to give the really beautiful potential of songwriting here.

Aerial cosmonauts to the end, Upper Wilds do well to be “cool” for loves sake in Venus, but have to relax into going for the space scene even more so too if a next up release is still rock here.

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