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Album Review

The idea of "drowning in sound" was one that informed Ben Cooper and Alex Kane's musical thinking during the creation of this, their third album as Electric President. Combine that factoid with the fact that "Violent Blue" is how Cooper refers to the ocean and you'll have a pretty good idea of what kind of sound to expect: vast, dark, moist, and often oddly comforting. Consider the album's opening track, titled (suggestively enough) "The Ocean Floor." The song sways in waltz time, like a large sea fan moving with the current. Skeletal, cheap-sounding drums built a rickety structure for an even cheaper-sounding acoustic guitar and a variety of lo-fi electronic sweeteners, and while the description may not sound very enticing, the sonic results are powerfully attractive. "Mr. Gone" features some deeply weird percussion sounds that are clearly acoustic in origin yet sound like alien insects slowly eating a drum set; the singing is quiet, the electronics are softly atmospheric, and yet again the result is quite a bit better than the sum of its parts. The album's title track is its biggest, densest, and most atmospheric; despite its sonic weight the overall effect is gentle and softly cathartic, thanks in part to a combination of self-deprecating vocals and unassumingly soaring melodies. The vocals tend to be buried in the mix, which is just as well with cliché-ridden couplets like "I was made to throw stones and darken doorways/To burn bridges, then fall and sleep it off" floating around. But hackneyed lyrics are easy to forgive when they're couched in music that's this raggedly and sweetly seductive.

Customer Reviews

Bought and disappointment could not be farther away.

Is this worth buying? Yes. Staying true to E.P. past works, The Violent Blue is a great mix of soft electronic with proper percussion to keep the listener engaged. Coops lyrics still searching, poking and juggling life and death and do so with a freshness that never gets old. If you are not familiar with E.P. go back to their self-titled album and check it out.

You want depth both lyrically and musically, look no further.


A real achievement

Simultaneously dreamy and emotional, tough and raw, this music resonates with beauty and an unexpected emotional force. They're wildly underappreciated as a duo, and I hope this music reaches a wider audience. Amazingly good.


I stumbled upon EP a bit after they released Sleep Well. I fell in love. I bought both albums, and waited for this guy here. TVB is more along the lines of Sleep Well, with the heavy use of atmospheric synths, and slow tempos; however, it utilizes more ambiguity and roughness. The album is sparkling with primal fears (drowning, abandonment) and indiscernible statements about life (see: any EP song ever). But that's what makes it amazing. Cooper's songwriting is poetry at it's best. There is never an obvious meaning, but it always has a different one for ever person. The Violent Blue is breathtaking. Five stars, Ben and Alex.


Formed: 2004 in Jacksonville, FL

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Though friends Ben Cooper and Alex Kane had been playing music together since 2000, it wasn't until 2004 that they decided to give a name to their project and start laying down their tracks. Recording between October of that year and May of the next in Kane's bedroom and Cooper's shed, the duo, called Electric President, released their debut self-titled full-length on indie electronica mainstay Morr Music in 2006, and shortly after a pair...
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