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Album review

Anavae - 45

Turns out that victory is always just around the corner after all.
Label: A Wolf At Your Door
Released: 1st November 2019
Rating: ★★★
Anavae - 45
Published: 10:00 am, October 31, 2019Words: Dan Harrison.

So the story goes, Anavae guitarist Jamie Finch was on the verge of packing in the music game partway through the recording of this, their debut album ‘45’. With nothing really working for him, he threw the dice one last time, putting down an idea he’d been musing on for a few years. Once that was sorted, he could be done, he thought. 

That song, it turns out, went on to be ‘Not Enough’ - the fizzing pop-rock gem that sits at the heart of the duo’s first full-length. A swaggering siren call, it was the catalyst for many more. It’s easy to see why, too. 

Kicking genre boundaries to the kerb, it’s a strobing bright light that serves as a wake-up call to those around it. Becca Need-Menear’s vocals cut through like a hot knife on ‘Human’, while ‘Night’ slips through the shadows effortlessly. Turns out that victory is always just around the corner after all. 

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