Photo by Kyle Dean Reinford.
Violents is part indie collective, part perpetually-evolving idea, the brainchild of composer-producer and classically-trained pianist Jeremy Larson. Larson created the project in 2014, and has since released a slate of collaborations under the moniker with a shifting cast of female vocalists, around whom he crafts his blend of electronic, hip-hop, jazz, and pop.
After teaming up with the likes of Stacy King (Eisley, Sucre), Olga Yagolnikov (Kye Kye), and singer-songwriter Annie Williams, Larson has joined forces with Phox songstress Monica Martin to release Violents' fourth output and first full-length, Awake and Pretty Much Sober. The record is due out April 28 on Partisan.
"Equal Powers" is the project's latest offering, a fluttering, refreshingly minimal orchestral number buoyed by Martin's seductive quicksilver vocals. Stripped down for a string-laden live session, the track exudes the kind of surreal, still-buzzed glow to which the album title nods.
"I was a fan of Monica's voice for some time, and had been writing songs that would fit her vocal register before I ever spoke with her," Larson explains. "I found out we had a mutual friend and got her number and just texted her out of the blue. I told her about Violents as a project, and for reasons that I will never understand, she responded, and said she wanted to hear the songs. Months later, she was in Nashville and we recorded an entire EP in two nights. She showed them to the owner of her label, and we all decided that we needed a full LP of music."
Watch the video premiere of "Equal Powers (Live Session)" below.
Andrea Domanick is Noisey's West Coast Editor. Follow her on Twitter.