January 30, 2014
Arthur Beatrice - 'Working Out'
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Like Aesop’s tortoise racing the hare, London four-piece Arthur Beatrice are in no particular hurry. They first appeared in NME back in 2011, but after a handful of secretive shows they found a bolthole and spent 18 months crafting this debut album. Their unhurried approach is reflected in their spacious, elegant pop with shades of The xx, Wild Beasts and Alt-J. Vocalists Orlando Sheppard and Ella Girardot take it in turns to lead, and they work well together when duetting on songs like the gothy ‘Grand Union’. But it’s Girardot’s darting, ice-cool vocals that provide most of the album’s best moments, on tracks like the infectious ‘Late’ and the irresistible ‘Midland’. By the time the house piano kicks in on closer ‘Ornament & Safeguard’ you’ll be able to picture their blissed-out summer of 2014 festival sets. Arthur Beatrice running their race slow and steady has resulted in an album full of sophisticated pop. Kevin EG Perry
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