Victories at Sea return with a much anticipated second album to slake the musical thirst of anyone enamoured with their debut Everything Forever. The headed out to the banks of Loch Fyne to make it and something of the bleakness of the landscape and the terrible weather has seeped through. It's an ambitious work that takes in post-rock, neo-classical and electronica. The band have previously been compared to the likes of Mogwai and Factory Floor.  

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Everybody's Lost and All I Want is to Leave by Victories At Sea
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7/10 Jamie 10 March 2020

Well, what’s this? Why it’s Birmingham, West Midlands’ very own Victories At Sea -- which, given the very land-locked nature of one of the greyest regions our homeland has to offer, may or may not be a little ironic joke.  So far, both our site’s description and the press blurb accompanying this new LP ‘Everybody's Lost and All I Want Is To Leave’ -- yeah I know, I feel you :( -- have name-checked both Mogwai and Factory Floor as ‘similar’ acts. I’m four tracks in and I’m totally with the Mogwai reference, even if in a slightly ‘wetter’ way; but so far, nothing as industrial / dancefloor-oriented / ‘exciting’ as an Factory Floor banger.

The vibe I’m getting here is more in line with Nils Frahm or Olafur Arnalds or even A Winged Victory For The Sullen in convo with Editors and, sometimes, the National. And why not? I mean, what a thrill that'd be. Well, if you’re really up for a maudlin tune or four, sung wistfully over guitars, drums and a neoclassical piano refrain then you could do worse than listen to the stately ‘When The Dark’; the almost Keane-ish (if they did guitars) ‘Quiet House’; ‘Late’ or ‘Breathe Slowly', which also comes with burbling synth... Which is nice. While ‘Don’t Waste Your Life’ recalls nothing so much as latter-day U2.


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