Victoria and Jacob are an epic and ethereal electronic pop band, owing as much to William Orbit (the All Saints years) and Kylie (the post Minogue years) as Everything But The Girl, Grimes and the xx - imagine Lykki Li singing Christine McVie songs on a hazy June afternoon, or a woozy Alison Goldfrapp DJing a Mediterranean dawn comedown.
Victoria and Jacob's debut, self-titled long player, released on heavyweight vinyl in a gorgeous die cut sleeve, will be the dream pop soundtrack to your summer; from the sheer joy and exuberance of the first single "Festival", to the adoring melancholia of "Theia Mania" and the aching longing of "Desire", all those feelings of first love are beautifully articulated in Victoria's heartwarming vocals and Jacob's immaculate instrumentation.
Having formed in Cambridge, the duo have since moved to London and released their debut 7" on Voga Parochia Records (The label was also home to Landshapes who's debut album is due out on Bella Union this summer. You may know them as Lulu and the Lampshades - who are famous for their 'cups' video!). Festival garnered coverage in the NME, Line of Best Fit, Artrocker and Time Out among others and radio play from the likes of Steve Lamacq, Jon Hillcock and Tom Robinson.
Victoria and Jacob spent the summer of 2012 recording the album at Octopus Studios in Hackney with production duties handled by Oliver Price (Landshapes, Emmy the Great, Lucy Rose). In addition to the synths, guests include Oliver Price on acoustic guitar and vocal parts as well as Valérie Balligand on cello for "Cry Baby".
Victoria and Jacob are inspired by everything from Rosso Fiorentino's 'Musician Angel', to the Drum'n'Bass of Hospital Records, and the albums of Dory Previn.
24 July 2013, 10 Feet Tall, Cardiff
25 - 28 July 2013, Secret Garden Party Festival, Cambridgeshire (w/ Django Django, Soulwax, James Lavelle)
11 August 2013, The Lexington (Album Launch), London
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The two awards have made for a great 72nd birthday present for the country music icon.