Ecstatic Arrow
Virginia Wing - Ecstatic Arrow
Critic Score
Based on 7 reviews
2018 Ratings: #20 / 362
User Score
Based on 24 ratings
June 8, 2018 / Release Date
LP / Format
Fire / Label
Art Pop / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Loud and Quiet
The ambient tug of last year’s release has been replaced with the Krautrock aesthetic of Stereolab, raised on a careful diet of leftfield jazz and the New Romantics. The result is one of the year’s most original and exciting records. ‘Ecstatic Arrow’ is defiantly the Manchester-based duo’s most sentient and direct album to date.
90
AllMusic

Equally soothing and exciting, heartfelt and innovative, Ecstatic Arrow is Virginia Wing's finest work yet.

80
Clash
‘Ecstatic Arrow’ is kind of the sonic equivalent of the Barbican Conservatory, with its juxtaposition of undulating concrete and myriad verdant plants from across the world. And if you’ve ever been there, you’ll know it’s a very pleasant space.
80
The Guardian
As well as the solid rhythms, the anchor amid the sonic burble is singer Alice Merida Richards. Her voice has touches of Broadcast’s Trish Keenan, Stereolab’s Laetitia Sadier, and Julia Holter: what at first sounds girlish, naive and open-hearted is revealed to be rather jaded and wary.
80
The Line of Best Fit

Ecstatic Arrow is frank in its representation of the struggles of women creators, but balances its anger with miraculous joy.

80
PopMatters

Ecstatic Arrow embraces a sunny disposition, but fortunately for fans of their more offbeat moments, there's plenty of "quirk" here as well.

78
Pitchfork

Especially since hype tends to peak early in an artist’s career and then tail off, it’s a pleasure to hear a band bloom on their third record. Virginia Wing’s earlier releases could be ornery and open-ended, but the songs on Ecstatic Arrow are full of the playful pop resolve that Phoenix pull off so handsomely.

Jun 9, 2018
chunderz
80
"Second Shift" is a straight-up banger!
Jun 20, 2018
85
I love the production, it's so light and summer-y. The jazz elements really make this for me.

Best tracks: The Second Shift, Glorious Idea, Relativity.
Jun 14, 2018
Br
75
Some great songs, especially the opener, and some obvious overall talent at 80s-infused song-craft
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Track List
  1. Be Released
  2. The Second Shift
  3. Glorious Idea
  4. Relativity
  5. For Every Window There's a Curtain
  6. The Female Genius
  7. Eight Hours Don't Make a Day
  8. A Sister
  9. Pale Burnt Lake
  10. Seasons Reversed
Contributions By
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Added on: March 10, 2018