Virginia Wing

When Virginia Wing, the brilliant avant-garde synth-pop duo, released Ecstatic Arrow last year, they envisaged it as an escape. On their third album, band members, Alice Merida Richards and Sam Pillay left the protest language behind to focus on positivity, change and on conjuring a vision of a feminist utopia. It’s an astonishing record: the voice of Richards, in particular, is more compelling and expressive than ever, and their music is an understated but familiar scramble of mid-’80s pop at its most avant-garde form (think low-key pop songs augmented with elegant synths and luminous sax). Three albums in, and they seem to be getting better and better.

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