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The Voidz | Virtue | Album Review

Record Label: Cult Records
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Photo courtesy of Pitchfork

On March 30, The Voidz released their sophomore album Virtue, following the release of their 2014 album Tyranny. In what is a rather lengthy album, Virtue clocks in at an hour long and is stuffed with 15 tracks. Each song is a piece of art in and of itself, rife with instrumentals and an eclectic montage of  sounds.

“All Wordz Are Made Up” sets the tone of the album with its 80s beat. The song is saturated with instruments, from cowbells in the background to the jazz-like solo that follows from the electric guitar. It has heavy synthetic pulses and Julian Casablanca’s vocals are long and overdrawn as they stand out in all of its auto-tuned glory. 

“ALienNNatioN” is a bouncy and groovy track stemming from reggae influences. This politically based track lightly touches on the issues surrounding police brutality as Casablanca sings, “Murder in the name of national security /  Yo no sé /  You wanna see what, people are really like? / Watch them light a torch.”

“Pointlessness” is a song that has a church-like ambiance complete with a angelic organ. Casablanca’s raspy vocals drag as it cuts in and audiences soon find themselves in what a funeral home might sound like. However, the switch in dynamics is surprising as the beat kicks in and shifts the song to sound more celestial rather than grim.   

The Voidz are unpredictable and that’s what makes them different. This album shows  audiences that they can never know what to expect from this group, and that they can find a song suited for just about anyone.

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