Release Date: Feb 12, 2021
Record label: Fire Records
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock
Virginia Wing stunned with 2018's Ecstatic Arrow, and on private LIFE, the heights they reach are only slightly less surprising. Wisely, they don't try to recapture Arrow's magic. Alice Merida Richards and Samuel Pillay are too creatively restless to do that, and so is the music on their fourth album. Where Ecstatic Arrow's galvanizing strength and serenity made a wide, radiant arc, private LIFE rustles and shimmers like a sound sculpture.
Cathartic, abstract and certainly treading off the beaten path, the tactile trio Virginia Wing present their latest, more unruly album ‘private LIFE’, tapping into a plethora of diverse weird and wonderful influences. Armed with the same definitive peculiar expressiveness as 2018's 'Ecstatic Arrow', the Manchester-based band return with a Technicolor depiction of the meaning of life. Lead single 'I'm Holding Out For Something' preps the palette taking a smoother dive into the worlds of electro-synth pop and R&B than its counterparts.
Virginia Wing's Alice Merida Richards wants you to know that she is a patient and forgiving soul, willing to nurture others in exchange for reciprocal assistance herself. When she loudly states "I'm holding out" on the chorus to Out For Something, she's referring to the way she will selflessly offer herself and her music as a means of support to someone who is maybe also holding out in the other sense, who's resisting her charms and denying their own truths and oblivious to their potential. The Mancunian synth band, gently whittled down to a duo of Richards and keyboard player Sam Pillay has, over time and with boundless certainty, removed all visible obstructions to their own personal inventiveness, transforming from formulaic purveyors of synthetic urban malady into philosophical mages constructing beguiling dance hybrids for enlightened souls.