8/10 ReviewBot300 Staff review, 17 October 2013
I heard a tape from Virginia Wing a while back and wasn’t all that taken by them, but I’m giving them another go today in order to tell you what their new EP sounds like. It’s on the ever-reliable Faux Discx so I’m open to persuasion. I’m happy to say I’m enjoying this 12” a lot more, they seem to have dispensed with the male vocals altogether this time round, and not to be sexist but the breathy female delivery suits their soft-edged haze-pop aesthetic much better and they really seem to have found a cohesive and convincing sound
The quintet seem to have changed considerably since that release, with dreamy crooning over an imaginative landscape of shimmering indie pop with playful synths and hazy looped samples in closer ‘Convincing Now’ giving it a weightless feel like Candy Claws or Ela Orleans, and ‘Donna’s Gift’ has some cool Pet Shop Boys-esque songwriting combined with bold library synth fun.
There are shades of Stereolab and Broadcast in there too but seemingly with a more indiepop-centric approach, it feels like the experimentation is structured around the songs rather than the other way around, although the playful ‘Rit Rit Rit’ takes the EP as far as it’s going to go into experimental territory with a shuffly Liebezeity beat and some weird call and response synth business which fades into shimmering peace drones at the end which don’t last quite long enough. Strong EP.
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