West London duo Babeheaven (aka Nancy Andersen and James Travis) have laundered the trip hop-heavy lo-fi of their 2020 debut ‘Home For Now’ for slicker, balmier second outing ‘Sink Into Me’. Conceived with three new members, it reaps the rewards of spending considerable fine-tuning time in the studio. Much like the capital’s genre-fluid forebears Westerman or Nilüfer Yanya, Babeheaven middle that imprecise Venn diagram where R&B cuddles with trip hop, flirts with pop, burlesques with lounging psych. Opener ‘French One’ sets the emollient tone - a song about a car crash that remains dramatic without being tense, propulsive but never unsettling. Cruising lead single ‘The Hours’ meanwhile coasts colourfully like something from a Jane Weaver LP. Even the more shadowy moments, like ‘No Breakfast’ warm the soul like a healing soak in bath salts. Aside from the silky backbeats cotton-wooling ’Sink Into Me’ so breezily, Nancy Andersen’s gossamer vocals provide a stand-out quality here. Proffering intimate lyrics on private grief and personal growth (‘Erase’ finds inspiration in the lifecycle of a moth) with the most gorgeously purified vocal shimmer; it’s the cherry that tops this most satisfying of releases, destined to be set on repeat.
As featured in the March 2022 issue of DIY, out now. Scroll down to get your copy.
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