Vita and the Woolf is an indie pop duo comprised of Joey Anderson on drums and Jennifer Pague on lead vocals, keyboard and guitar. The name of the band refers to the affair between novelists Vita Sackville-West and Virginia Woolf, the inspiration behind Wolf’s great Orlando. The music includes a diverse range of instruments, like the mandolin. The sound on the band’s recent Fang Song EP nods to Florence and the Machine and Arcade Fire.
What really makes the group stand out, though, is Pague’s breath-taking vocals. On the ballad “Mary” she laments with passion that “My dancing days are gone / Even though Mary held my hand”. The background beat, catchy, accompanies the lyrics perfectly. On the more upbeat, pop track “Asha”, Pague gently leads the song forward. Acoustically, Pague’s voice still holds a lot of power as can be seen in their West Chester Red Bench session. Fang Song is a promising start for a new, talented band.
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