If you dig an eerie and sinister early 90’s PJ Harvey feel, then Verena von Horsten is the one for you. Mixing the unique cultural touch of recording in both NY and Zurich, Verena von Horsten is on the brink of releasing her second solo album, ‘Alien Angel Super Death’, which is commemorative of her experience of enduring the suicide of her dear brother, Hakon.
Kicking off the album ripe with imagery that takes listeners down into the abyss of Verena’s perplexed and menaced mind, “The Hymn”, sharply glides into the second track, “All About”, which slows down and emits an emotive feel that is akin to laying bare in tears in a haunted attic after tragedy has struck. The dark and melancholic touch that leaks throughout ‘Alien Angel Super Death’ showcases Verena waxing and waning through a mixed bag of emotions with a storytelling technique that is both cunning and magnetic. Standing in the field of her late brother’s fear, Verena seeks a brighter day and a dose of acceptance over “Sweet Lullabye”, in which Verena searches through her dreams for her brothers hand and escapes the reality of her present day experiences through her artistry and travels to another land with an aura of doubt and denial.
Verena is haunted by her late brother’s energy field and confronts her brother’s demons over the fifth track, “The Monster”, which feels unguarded and dangerous. Floating through an air of mystery and revisiting the never-ending love that she shares with her late brother, “The Love We Have Forever”, showcases Verena stepping back into reality and facing the truth with a bold disposition and stance that is undeniably rich in soul and depth. Verena morphs into a believer over the closing track, “The Believer”, which showcases Verena’s ability to use music as a medium through which she is able to story tell as though her imagination took her on a journey and led her back to planet Earth to rebirth as a woman accepting her circumstances to the best of her ability. ‘Alien Angel Super Death’ gets 4 out 5 stars in our book.