ALBUM REVIEW: Champs - VAMALA

CHAMPS ... VAMALA (Play It Again Sam)

CHAMPS ... VAMALA (Play It Again Sam)

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CHAMPS are brothers Michael and David Champion, who hail from the Isle of Wight, and this is their second album of melancholy folk-pop.

It’s a quick follow-up to their debut Down Like Gold, arriving just 12 months later, and it’s another extremely pleasurable listen.

Lead single Desire, Blood and the title track are at the more up-tempo end of their spectrum, while Running and Roll Me Out are more sparse and haunting.

Their dual vocals on the gentle Forever Be Upstanding At The Door are reminiscent of Simon & Garfunkel, while Send Me Down is just one example of their delightful harmonising.

If you like MGMT and Hot Chip, or, going further back in time, Fleetwood Mac, you’ll probably appreciate this gentle album, which is easy listening in its truest sense. 7/10. GW