There’s a reason we picked Copenhagen rockers Baby In Vain as ‘Ones To Watch’ at the beginning of the year, and their debut album More Nothing is further proof that the talents of this trio are limitless. Released today via Partisan Records, the album is making our ears ache in all the right ways, and it’s the perfect follow-up to their 2016 EP, For The Kids.
Andrea, Lola, & Benedicte – who started playing together at school – recorded the album in just 11 days with producer Rob Ellis (PJ Harvey, Scott Walker, Bat For Lashes), and the result is a seemingly effortless set of grunge-infused, shoegazing anthems. It’s no wonder the trio were picked to share stages with the The Jesus And Mary Chain and The Kills; they’re capable of crafting songs which are equally as visceral and melodic as these heavyweights.
More Nothing‘s opening track will take you ‘To Heaven and Back’ via moody vocals and acidic guitar riffs. It’s two and a half minutes of swirling grunge that leads perfectly in to the equally spiralling ‘Transcendent’. Strung-out basslines and steady drums align with hazy lyrics – “searching through my mind, there is nowhere I can hide” – that’ll have you swaying your head on your way down to the ground.
The delightfully named ‘Low Life’ is softer sounding in comparison to other album tracks, but it still drips with Baby In Vain’s trademark corrosive attitude. ‘Last Of The Turner Girls’ picks up the pace with its melodic guitar, before the hazy ‘She’ pulls you back under Baby In Vain’s toxic spell. This moody magic continues for the duration of ‘One Feather’, before ‘Not For You’ brings things back up to speed with it’s duelling guitars and angsty vocals.
The off-kilter drums on ‘Pills’ provide the perfect backdrop to mosh to, but it’s the raging guitars and knockout percussion on ‘Thank You’ that will have you tearing the place apart. It’s one of the heaviest tracks on the album, and it’s impossible to sit still whilst listening to it. The penultimate ‘Apoca’ plays out for a seething five minutes, before ‘I Have Your Eyes’ closes the album on a slow, gentle note. Baby In Vain’s debut album – unlike the name suggests – has everything you need and more, so make sure you grab a copy of More Nothing today.
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