LA duo Vow are premiering their second single “Charm” on Wondering Sound.
The site calls the track, “…a slow-smolder torch song, a blue valentine where expressions of devotion are delivered with dramatic intensity — it’s love, but it sounds like longing. At times, “Charm” sounds like a kind of retro-futurist R&B… like a sci-fi nightclub singer delivering a doomy lullaby to the boozy 3 a.m.crowd.”
“Charm” appears on the duo’s upcoming EP, Make Me Yours out August 12thon The Native Sound.
Earlier this summer Entertainment Weekly praised Vow for “giving a contemporary update to the gothy ambience and gauzy textures of ’80s and ’90s dream-pop.”
The duo recently filmed an Altered Course session which can be viewed here.
Consisting of vocalist Julia Blake, and instrumentalist Andrew Thomas, Vowhave been known to dance along the genre lines of synth-pop, dream-pop, dark wave and post punk. Driven by drum machines and rich bass lines, Julia’s soulful, and melodic alto vocals ooze on top of the analog pulsing synths and dreamy pads.
The EP finds the band transitioning from the darker textures of their debut, to more Cocteau Twins-inspired dynamics, implementing chorus-drenched guitars/bass, and palpable pop-informed vocal melodies. As with their debut, the EP again features Touché Amoré guitarist, and one-half of Andrew’s ambient guitar duo, Wife, Nick Steinhardt on guitar. Steinhardt, who interestingly enough introduced Andrew and Julia to each other, also took charge of all visual aspects relating to the band’s EP.
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