‘Over The Hill’ is so radio-friendly Jo Wiley must be drooling at the mouth whilst ‘The Asteroids Collide’ relies more on breathy Kate Bush vocals and sparse drumming allowing an indie contingent to also be won over. There is something almost grating in the whimsy though. There is twee and then there is dripping-in-sugar-and-rolling-in-treacle which is almost where this ends up as the saccharine vocals spread themselves thickly in songs like ‘Ribbon Lakes’. However, there is delicacy in parts which is breathtaking. Songs like ‘Constellations’ is simple and reminiscent of Yael Naïm’s effortless musings. A little like Bat For Lashes in places such as ‘Woman’ and a little like St. Vincent in ‘Hummingbird’. There is a strong sense of individuality though which runs like a thread through the album as well as an assured and confident air.
It’s a mature and in places beautiful album. Although at times it might seem a little over-produced there is undoubted talent entwined into the music and lyrics which makes this a gem of an album but perhaps one to take in small doses.