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Probably one of the better Record Store Day releases this year, ace London quartet Virginia Wing tease you a couple of new tracks from what will be their brand new record in due course. If it's anything like the last one it will appeal to fans of Broadcast, Stereolab and fans of all things kraut and pop.  

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Rhonda by Virginia Wing 1 review. Add your own review. 7/10
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7/10 Staff review, 27 April 2016

There’s an unwritten law somewhere that states that bands must start to incorporate electronics around their second or third album. Virginia Wing are certainly following the tried and trusted path with this ‘bridge’ single ahead of their next proper full length. Like Wild Beasts ‘Present Tense’ (which I hate by the way -  have I mentioned that before?) opening track ‘Rhonda’ doesn’t incorporate enough of their old sound and so sounds like a completely new band. Not that it’s a ‘bad’ track as such - it has some neat pulsating almost afro- beats and Alice Richards vocals compare favourably with Trish Keenan. It is dark, elegiac synth pop but not really Virginia Wing as we have known them.

Two tracks overleaf  - both synthy. First up ‘Sisterly Love’  -some Nico ish vocals over pulverising beats, and ‘Daughter of the Mind’ which is some serious electronica with only shards of vocals cutting through the Autechre-in-a-muddy-hole production. Really interesting record  - totally different to their earlier stuff  - perhaps too different  - I don’t think there is a need to completely dispense with their old sound but taken on it’s own terms it is glacial enough to be worth a purchase.



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