AOTY 2018

Ecstatic Arrow

Virginia Wing - Ecstatic Arrow
Critic Score
Based on 7 reviews
2018 Ratings: #45 / 705
User Score
Based on 62 ratings
2018 Ratings: #267
June 8, 2018 / Release Date
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Fire / Label
Art Pop / Genres
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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.

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

‘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.
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.
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.


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


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.

Honestly this album did nothing for me. I just felt like all they were doing in this album was complaining instead of doing anything to fix their problems with the world. The instrumental just keep enforcing this bummed out mod the entire time. I just wasn't a fan of this one
Eu gostei da ideia desse disco e a produção é bem boa, tudo soa sob um "véu" eletrônico, tem essa atmosfera bem espacial que se com bons arranjos soa realmente surpreendente. E esses arranjos aparecem em algmas faixas aqui, mas num geral senti falta disso, momentos musicais mais ousados e interessantes nas músicas, pq a produção em geral é mto boa. Enfim, descobri q tinha ouvido o disco anterior deles e n tinha gostado, ... read more
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.
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
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Added on: March 10, 2018