File the Brooklyn band's charming debut between Haim and Cults
“She’s no beauty queen but you’ll love her anyways”, sing Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig together on the title track of their debut album. It’s a line that neatly reflects a record that’s not flawless, but possesses enough charm, exuberance and positivity to suck you right in. The Brooklyn duo (backed by three further musicians for the recording of ‘Wildewoman’) excel on the wistful, lush pop of ‘Tempest’ and the sprawling Haim-gone-folk closer of ‘How Loud Your Heart Gets’. The moments of imperfection that let the album down come on ‘Two Of Us On The Run’ (as basic as acoustic songwriting gets) and ‘Until We Get There’ (just sounds like a Cults offcut), but there’s promise here.
Record label: Play It Again Sam
Release date: 31 Mar, 2014