We’ve been left impressed by Victoria and Jacob’s debut album, which sits somewhere between the savvy pop of Saint Etienne and the cool atmospheric music of Beachhouse.
The pair, who formed in Cambridge and now live in London, have released this through two of our favourite labels Fika Recordings (who often give out cake recipes and teabags with their releases) and Wiaiwya (who have a fine ear for emerging UK electronica and folk acts). Their debut is full of smart, swooping pop tracks, with Victoria’s vocals wonderfully reminiscent of The Concretes former singer Victoria Bergsman. She gives the whole album a certain European quality with her vocals, especially on the first single and album highlight Festival.
What is perhaps most remarkable for a debut album is its confidence, with a consistency throughout and the sense of a band that is influenced by the likes of Fleeetwood Mac, Everything But the Girl and Saint Etienne but prepared to wrap them up with their own distinct voice. Any duff tracks? Remarkably not one and how many debut albums can you say that about? One of the best debut albums of the year.
by Joe Lepper