ALBUM REVIEW: Babeheaven – Home For Now | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: 20.11.20

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amply laced with nostalgic whimsy, Babeheaven‘s liltingly hypnotic sonics are cast in the same broodingly melodic mould as Massive Attack and Portishead. Birthed from a decade-plus creative partnership between vocalist Nancy Andersen and guitarist Jamie Travis, the West London quintet excel at pairing luxuriously hazy vocals with hauntingly ambient production to sublime effect.

Given the eclectic cohesion of its mixtape-style palette, Home For Now proves to be a dexterous exercise in genre-straddling omnivority. The mellifluously moody trip-hop flourishes of both Human Nature and Cassette Beat evoke wintry jaunts through dimly-lit parks, whilst on Craziest Things, pensive musings are deftly juxtaposed with perky indie-leaning sensibilities. Elsewhere – perhaps most impressively – despite its unabashed tenderness, How Deep (love) never strays into schmaltzy territory.

 

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