Une sorte de panique voluptueuse

by Voluptuous Panic

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Voluptuous Panic explores emotional, sonic textures on debut EP

BELLINGHAM, Wash. / LOS ANGELES — Combining intense life experiences with atmospheric, layered sounds, Voluptuous Panic is a West Coast-via-Midwest shoegaze band created by The Icicles frontwoman, Gretchen DeVault and music journalist Brian J. Bowe. After releasing a half-dozen singles online over the past three years, the duo is releasing its debut EP, “Une Sorte de Panique Voluptuese.”

This collection of their earliest recordings features a distinct mélange of the Bowe and DeVault’s individual visions. DeVault has previously enjoyed commercial success with indie-popsters The Icicles, while Bowe comes from a more musically aggressive punk background. Drummer Zane DeVault and bassist Niel Carlson rounded out this incarnation of the group, giving the songs a propulsive snap.

"Une Sorte de Panique Voluptueuse" will be available September 13 via iTunes, Amazon Music, Spotify, Tidal, Deezer, Soundcloud and other fine online retailers and streaming services everywhere.

Voluptuous Panic began in 2013, when Bowe reached out to DeVault from his tiny apartment in Paris. As DeVault tumbled through postpartum depression in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Bowe was spending a year teaching at the Sorbonne and experiencing an existential crisis of his own. Discovering a mutual empathy for their tender emotional states, the two began crafting transoceanic tracks as a sort of therapy. Drawing influence from bands like Yo La Tengo, Slowdive, My Bloody Valentine and the Cocteau Twins, Voluptuous Panic’s recordings pair emotionally vulnerable lyrics with complex instrumental textures, delicate-yet-loud intensity and DeVault’s melodic dream pop vocals.

The magic of Voluptuous Panic comes from DeVault and Bowe’s remote recording style: each is completely alone when they sit down at the mic. These days, Bowe is based in Bellingham, Washington and DeVault splits her time between Los Angeles and rural northern Michigan. This isolation allows them to give brutally and beautifully honest performances, which shine through in their recordings. This approach also allows Bowe and DeVault to continue collaborating from wherever they find themselves.

"Une sorte de panique voluptueuse" is a phrase that roughly translates to the pleasurable kind of fear that comes from perception-disorienting experiences like roller coasters. The phrase is a fitting moniker for Voluptuous Panic: two anxious artists who push each other into areas of discomfort to touch life’s terrifying beauty. With clear musicianship and emotional savvy, Voluptuous Panic has charged into the world of shoegaze atmospheric dreampop. And they are keeping the momentum going.

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released September 8, 2016

Recorded in Paris, France and Grand Rapids, Michigan, 2013
Mixed and mastered by Tony Hamera, 2016
Photo of Claire Jouault by Stéphane Horel.

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Voluptuous Panic is the shoegaze / dreampop duo of Gretchen DeVault & Brian J. Bowe. Their heads are in the clouds; their hearts are in the stars...

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Track Name: Une sorte de panique voluptueuse
Every day it's the same routine
How I wait for the phone to ring
Every night it's the same old scene
I try to act like a human being

When you come around
All I hear is the sound
Of my heart pounding inside my chest

Every night it's the same old dream
Of how I wish you were here with me
Every star is a wishing thing
But the moon glows lonely beams

How I want you to know it
And I want to show it
But if I expose it
I'm afraid that I'll blow it
Track Name: Fading Stars
When all the stars have faded
and the moon ceased to exist
we’re left standing alone here
with nothing but regret

I wonder what you’ll say then
when I get up to leave the room
the secrets will be spoken
and we’ll be forced to leave this world

Within a silent language
no one will ever understand
the questions go unanswered
and the wonder never ends

I wonder what you’ll say then
when I get up to leave the room
the secrets will be spoken
and we’ll be forced to leave this world
Track Name: Last Spark of Hope
There is one last spark of hope
There is one last spark of hope
There is one last spark of hope
'til it's gone
'til it's gone

There is one last star in the sky
There is one last star in the sky
There is one last star in the sky
'til it's gone
'til it's gone

There is one last spark of hope
There is one last spark of hope
There is one last spark of hope
'til it's gone
'til it's gone
Track Name: Not Who I Thought I'd Be
This is not who I thought I would be
This is not how I thought I would see
This isn't the way it was supposed to be
This is not the dream that I dreamed

This is not what I thought I'd miss
These aren't the things that I thought I'd have
These aren't the reasons that I thought I'd give
This isn't the life that I thought I'd live.