Info: This weekend saw the release of the third EP, Animal Lover, from U.K. solo act Daisy Victoria. Since she released her first EP ‘Heart Full of Beef’ in 2014, Victoria’s music has been compared with artists such as P.J. Harvey, Kate Bush, Nick Cave and Patti Smith, winning her support from the likes of i-D, NME, CLASH, Line Of Best Fit, The 405 and Radio 1’s Huw Stephens. Lauren Laverne has called her a "rising star" and BBC 6 Music hailed her follow up 2015 EP 'Nobody Dies' as "majestic".
Opening with it's title-track, we're immediately swept up in the air by Victoria's soaring vocal range and crashing guitar riffs, while the theatricity of Kate Bush ripples through vox, I instantly thought of Blondie and the dramatic rock stylings of Anna Calvi's 'Suzanne & I', for example. It's rock-pop template is converted entirely to darkly humourous rock with second track 'Holy Peace', you are completely unprepared for this change in direction, chugging guitar and bass-lines leave you gasping for air as the swell of both push the massively enjoyable vocals higher and higher.
The hard rock sound does not stop there however, and the EP's third and final track, 'Dark Water', opens with a wallop of bone-crunching guitars once again. The mood and timbre on this song are far more serious than its predecessors; '...my love is nothing but a hungry shark, a black, an oily black...' the singer almost whispers in a deep tone. As with second track 'Holy Peace', 'Dark Water' spreads its wings rousingly towards its finale. I can only conclude that the plaudits Daisy Victoria has received to date are entirely justified, and there is no doubt that she could (and should) sit comfortably among her more established and popular peers.
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