The Chordaes’ new single “Venus” is an indulgent and atmospheric pop song in the style of post-rock, but don’t think for a minute that it observes any other set of ethics than the bold one championed by the New York based foursome thus far. Structured around a simplistic, ultra-trimmed down composition that dabbles in existentialism and complex rhythm.  “Venus” is a far cry from the standard swipe of your typical alternative rock song. The keys are muscular, the guitar is stony and translucent, and the drums are robotically on cue. Opulent grooves and rich vocals finish out the cocktail and promise an intoxicating trip for those bold enough to embark on The Chordaes’ sonic journey alongside them.

The track opens with this pensive little percussive part that acts as a template for the guitar to sprinkle specks of florescent neon upon. The vocals creep up through the floorboards and insert themselves between the strings and the drumming, and rather than slowing down the momentum with an offbeat verse, the lyrics add a sampling of postmodernity that magnifies the classical-tinge in the arrangement. “Venus” is one hundred percent devoid of the predictable carnal swing that we usually get out of established rock n’ roll singles, yet it’s still somehow airy and flowing as if it were an everyday pop song. Turning up the volume won’t aid in discerning the fascinatingly cryptic lyricism any better than you could reading the lyrics verse by verse, but I don’t get the impression that the words are what we’re supposed to give the lion’s share of our attention to here. The music is in full command of our emotion, and the band is merely standing in as a channeling element between us and the sonic vortex they’re tapping into.


“Venus” reaches its climax in its chorus, which I found to be much gentler and tender in nature compared to the tenacity we hear in the remainder of the song. The brilliantly stylized stanzas build up the tension as we approach it, but once we get there the anti-cathartic nature of the chorus is just as ingenious as the dazzlingly designed levels are. The adroit guitar play by Kevin Foley expands the framework of the song by weaving in a patchwork of texture that not only enforces the pace of the tempo but makes this single shockingly accessible.

The clarity in its production by Veteran Producer Marc Swersky is enough to render this song a breakthrough moment for the band, but the construction of “Venus” is an impressively complicated one in its own right. The Chordaes have consistently proven that their music isn’t tied down to a specific trend in pop culture or any particular collection of scene politics, and in that sense this single lives up to everything we could have anticipated it to be. What it lacks in pro polish it makes up for in ingenious creativity, which is highlighted in the mathy style of the composition itself as well as the raw, organic execution of its substance. The players hold up their end of the bargain perfectly and deliver us their music without foregoing any of their passion, and in the end I think this could become a staple of their live sets.


Sebastian Cole