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Ecstatic Arrow

Virginia Wing

Ecstatic Arrow

Fourth album from the Mancunian experimental pop group, recorded at a friend's house in Switzerland

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Fire Records
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  1. 9.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    One of the year’s most original and exciting records
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  2. 8.0 |   The Quietus

    Melody, colour and introspection lead the way through frustration into something more powerful
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  3. 8.0 |   Clash

    This is an album that is at once engaged with the real, the quotidian, the luminaries of pop, and with the spectral, the conceptual and the avant-garde. It doesn’t need to favour one over the other
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  4. 8.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Ecstatic Arrow is frank in its representation of the struggles of women creators, but balances its anger with miraculous joy
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  5. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    Virginia Wing are letting in the light, and we're all invited
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  6. 8.0 |   Uncut

    The pair's music pulls into focus. Print edition only

  7. 8.0 |   Q

    Politically charged, smart, melodic and irrepressible. Print edition only

  8. 8.0 |   Mojo

    A playful spirit to match their impeccable post-punk influences. Print edition only

  9. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    As well as the solid rhythms, the anchor amid the sonic burble is singer Alice Merida Richards
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  10. 7.8 |   Pitchfork

    On their third album of avant-garde synth pop, Alice Merida Richards and Sam Pillay eschew protest language and the depressing status quo to conjure a vision of feminist utopia
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