London-based electro-pop duo Avec Sans have made quite a name for themselves with the likes of Popjustice, The Guardian and your very own auspOp being active supporters of their work.
With a fresh take on the electro-pop world and a debut album about to drop, is this album worth a spin?
In short : yes. Some of these songs may have been around since 2012 (‘Heartbreak Hi’, ‘The Answer’) but still sound fresh as a daisy – and that’s no mean feat. The soundscape of the electronic music world can change on a dime (tropical house anyone?) yet these tracks still sound cutting edge and fresh.
The album itself is a thoroughly enjoyable listen from start to finish, which is rare nowadays in the endless-schedule-of-single-release blueprint a lot of artists follow.
The last album I can honestly remember enjoying this much from start to finish is 2012’s ‘Veritas’ by Swedish starlet Agnes. Note : I’m still waiting for a follow up from Agnes, but this gem will fill the space nicely in the meantime.
Vocalist Alice Fox has an enchanting voice, reminiscent of Alison Goldfrapp or Hayley Mary (of The Jezabels) and it shines across the arrangements of their songs. Her cohort Jack St. James does an outstanding job balancing all the varying layers of each track to highlight her voice and create many special moments.
A prime example of this is on ‘We Are’ which has so many layers, I had to play it three times to take it all in; the drums, the strings, the keyboards and her vocals all shine here.
The stunning ‘When You Go’ (which offers a great change of pace four bangers in) is just magical.
I could sit here and list pretty much every song on this album as a favourite (the chorus on ‘All Of Time’ is worth multiple plays in itself) but instead I implore you to download the album and enjoy it from end to end for yourself.
Avec Sans have put together a rare album experience that’s worth spending money on.
VERDICT : 5/5.
MUST LISTEN : Even The Echoes, Heartbreak Hi, We Are, When You Go, Hold On, All Of Time.