February may be done but it certainly left its mark with two very important and very welcome pieces of news. First was an announcement we weren’t waiting for as we never thought it would happen, Belly were reforming, touring and making new music (swoon). After that came the one we have been waiting years to hear and were beginning to worry would never happen. To paraphrase The Rock…
It’s true, it’s damn true. Our favourite retro-tastic electro-pop duo Avec Sans are at last releasing an album, this coming June, and we couldn’t be happier. Alice and Jack have been delighting us and others for the last few years with consistently fantastic pop music. They’ve been on our list of artists to listen out for in the coming year, twice, and they even made us a fabulous mixtape as part of our Blogathon. In short, we are massive fans.
To celebrate the forthcoming moment when they bestow this great gift of an album upon us, they have gone full circle and re-released their first ever original tune, “Heartbreak Hi”. Though this is a re-worked, beefed up and brilliant new version.
It begins quietly, a feeling of the fantastical imbued within the synthline as if we are about to enter The Grid or cross the dark side of the moon. The world that opens up in front of us is much brighter though. It is one of soft neon lines, of hazy sunshine and retro-future computer graphics.
Lyrically clever, Alice’s vocals are soft and alluring while singing of her heartbreak. There are no jagged edges, just the smooth glory of this polished and fabulous duo doing what they do best, making fantastic pop.
It feels like we’ve been waiting an eternity but at last an Avec Sans album is almost with us. Well done February, you were a good month. June looks like it’ll be even better though…
Avec Sans debut album will be released on 3 June (Wooo-Hooo!) and is available to pre-order here.