The second album from Isle of Wight folkies Michael and David Champion is, on first listen, a deeply melancholic, ever so slightly depressing affair. Not one to listen to while driving unless you’ve got headphones on in the back seat and fancy a snooze.
After two or three plays, though, its charms begin to reveal themselves: the slightly clubby folk of lead single Desire, the trancey title track and gorgeous ballad Forever Be Upstanding At The Door, which if donated to One Direction could mean the brothers need never work again.
Poptastic it most certainly isn’t, and the right mood is required, but Vamala’s rewards are worth perserving for.
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By Andrew Greenhalgh