Release Date: Feb 10, 2015
Record label: ATP
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, Experimental Rock
Nothing about this album is what it seems. As the four deep bass notes that kick it off should reveal, the songs herein are about as far away from country music as you can get. This former trio/now duo instead takes musical comfort in post-punk’s darker corners and the foreboding burble of dub. And while the lovely Italian manse featured on the cover is where Vision Fortune were ensconced to record, the music that came out of the experience has a gray pallor and a sour mood.
Experimental London trio Vision Fortune took part in a long artist's residency in Tuscany, Italy for the recording of the songs that made up their sophomore album, Country Music. Though always prone to boundary-pushing use of synthesizers and electronics, there were particular limitations in the remote villa where the bandmembers camped out for months working on their album -- namely a minimal amount of recording equipment and the maddening isolation that set in as the weeks turned into months. Both of these factors contribute heavily to the thick tension of Country Music.
Head here to submit your own review of this album. Newly signed to ATP Recordings, Vision Fortune have taken the opportunity to totally shake up their sound. Previously partial to monotonous guitar compositions featuring rugged guitar stabs and jerky drum rhythms, this new release is a real departure from what fans may have come to expect. Putting themselves at risk of being sued for false advertising, Country Music is definitely not what it says on the tin.