Single Review – Vaults – Hurricane 

Vaults were featured here on over two years ago with their first EP Lifespan and since then, they’ve grown in popularity and recognition particularly this year with a more uplifting track in ‘Midnight River’ and with their featured track in the the latest John Lewis advert. Their debut album Caught In Still Life has been primed with enough savvy promotion for a December 2nd release and with it, a release of their latest single ‘Hurricane’. This single has more in common with the sparse, atmospheric soundscapes of their early work as opposed to sing-a-long side of their recent efforts. Reverberating bass tones and wispy, echoed percussion forms the foundation of the sound with light synth chords and an assertive vocal adding to the natural flow of the song. This track is almost reminiscent of Hurts’ earlier work; slick, stylish tracks from which emotive imagery emerges from the icy mists of their sound. This sound could take them down a number of avenues and hopefully they chose the path that will do their promising talent justice. 

Owen Riddle

Single Review – Vaults – Cry No More

The new track from Vaults sees them maintaining the spacious, minimalistic tones and atmospherics of their 2014 EP Vultures that are strung finely together by light chiming rhythms. It’s from this subtle percussive base that they hammer home the churning electronica through pronounced beats and rhythms along with a greater vocal surge. It’s a track that doesn’t stray too far from what they’ve done so far, but at this stage of their careers they want to be backing up their sound and they’re certainly doing that.

Single Review – Vaults – Lifespan

Vaults are a quiet and reserved emerging group plying chiming and soaring electronica as their trade in the form of dream pop melodies and structures. ‘Lifespan’ is their most recent track and one that is wholly evocative of this. It opens with eerie whirrs that are given life by the basic beat sample and the sweeping and haunting vocals capture it all and then the music falls from it with each simple chime and piano chord. Between the vocals are waves of distorted electronica in it’s place. It results in a track with graceful progression and smooth transitions while being expansive and spacious. A distant song with an immediate vocal to reflect off it and bring everything closer to the listener due to how intertwined the instrumentals are to it. A great track and I hope to hear more from them in the future.