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Music Review: Velvet Alibi – Cold Dead Air

Cold Dead Air, the single by genre-defying Derry-based band Velvet Alibi is anything but.

It’s a bit like being at a jazz festival and a laser light show at the planetarium all at the same time. Better get your sea legs ready for this galactic funk infused ride.

At nine and a half minutes long, this track is not for the faint of heart. The band, strictly speaking, a 12-piece ensemble, allows each of it’s wildly proficient members to flourish with a fusion of improvisation, vacating ordinary structures to color outside the lines.

Each artist then passes it off to the next; old school jam session style, but bigger, grander, richer in texture. Excellent harmonies, blinding guitar work, otherworldly synth strokes paint this lush piece of modern art.

NI Music Editor, Gigging Northern Ireland