'The Past is a Foreign Country', the debut album of UK-based ambient/electronic band Venona Pers, is a series of dense collages of acoustic sounds and computer-generated noise. Drawing inspiration from ambient sound manipulators and mixing in heavy doses of early shoegaze inspiration to produce sumptuous, blissful, bucolic textures, 'The Past is a Foreign Country' has been superbly received, gathering a great selection of reviews.
"Venona Pers have produced an album of tender beauty which stands out, its delicate guitar picking providing navigational waypoints through the faded mist of noise and epic soaring guitars. Fans of ambient music will find much to enjoy here, equally post-rock and shoegaze followers should pick up this album. Recommended listening."
"UK based duo Venona Pers debut album “The Past is a Foreign Country” could be one of the last records to buy in 2010. Especially if you usually listen to at least one of the following genres: ambient, shoegazing, alt folk or post-rock …"
"When you’re ready to indulge in a little alt-folk, hazy psychedelics, acoustic post-rock and/or fuzzy ambient, all in one go, have I got a CD for you ... This is quite simply one of the best discs I’ve heard lately. I think you’ll find this one getting set to repeat often. The Past is a Foreign Country is a Hypnagogue Highly Recommended CD."
BEST OF THE YEAR: The Past is a Foreign Country also features in Future Sequence's Best Albums of 2010 (honourable mention).
Future Sequence Best of 2010
More tracks available on SoundCloud: soundcloud.com/venona-pers
released November 1, 2010
All songs written and performed by Venona Pers
Jonathan Hill - guitars, keyboards, vocals
Grant Weston - guitars, bass, programming, vocals
Additional guitar on Canada by Ian Bishop
Recorded and mixed in Hampshire and Surrey, UK
Cover artwork reproduced with kind permission from Yanming, Guangdong, China. Inside cover artwork by Jim Robertson, UK