Virginia Wing “Rhonda” EP (Fire Records)


Just in time for record store day, Virginia Wing return with the four track EP Rhonda. Following up from 2015’s full length debut Measures of Joy – or more accurately, serving as an antecedent to a new album in the works – Rhonda finds the band continuing to mine their triangular oeuvre of dreamstate vocals, chewy synths and sprawling beats. Its an intriguing mix that compels both dance and meditation, particularly on the title track.

The South London trio of Alice Merida Richards (Vocals, Synths, Organ), Samuel Pillay (Synths, guitar, noises, bass) and Sebastian Truskolaski (Drums, percussion) are adept weaving sophisticated electro pop. Unlike much contemporary pop/television jingles Virginia Wing aren’t in a hurry to impale you with the hook. Rather, tracks like “Sisterly Love” and the mostly instrumental “Daughter of the Mind” slowly unfold and subtly work into your ears, not unlike Sydney’s Telafonica. If you must cut to the chase there is a radio friendly edit of “Rhonda” included.

For fans of clever pop that is equally appealing to the visceral and corporeal, Rhonda is highly recommended.


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Matt Wakeling's first LP was Kiss 'Double Platinum'. He is the host of 'Guitar Speak', an interview based podcast launching in mid 2016.