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Victoria and Jacob Victoria and Jacob Where’s It’s At Is Where You Are/ Fika Recordings
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Ged M - Aug 14, 2013
Who pimped their ride? It’s a surprise to hear how Victoria and Jacob have been souped up from sombre folkatronica to the full-on electro-pop experience but someone’s done a very credible job. Jacob Mayfield and Victoria Harrison have made an album of big pop on a small label, which might gain wide appeal when people hear the likes of the blissful ‘Festival’ and the sparkly synths and dance-pop beats of ‘Cry Baby’. At those times you’re thinking Fleetwood Mac meets All Saints produced by Max Martin. However, there’s something darker at work too; ‘Theia Mania’ is introspective and ethereal and ‘Believe the Boy’ is glitchy and Grimes-like while the plaintive and dark ‘Desire’ reminds you of Beach House, where the electronic rhythms are iced with vocals not too far from Victoria Legrand’s haunted tones.
It’s a way from what we usually listen to (we’re not normally making recommendations to fans of Lykke Li, the Knife and Bat For Lashes) but you can’t ignore intelligent pop and if this sounds too Radio One Roadshow and not indie enough, look for the remixes of ‘Cry Baby’ where Darren Hayman’s dub-indiepop remix should be Anorak enough for you.