Vaults debut album finally saw the light of day in 2016 after what seemed like a very long gestation period and one unpleasant setback; band member Ben Vella was diagnosed with testicular cancer last year and needed to take some time out for treatment and recovery. However, with a couple of key placements of their songs, namely One Last Night on the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack and their cover of One Day I’ll Fly Away on the John Lewis Christmas advert, there was still an audience ready and waiting for Caught In Still Life. It didn’t disappoint. It’s an album of classy adult pop songs, which takes electronics as its starting point but adds additional layers of instrumentation (strings, aluphone, piano) to make it stand out from the crowd.
Caught In Still Life will be missing from many end of year lists by virtue of its December release, which is a real shame, as this is a magnificent and meticulously crafted album that fans of bands like Florence & The Machine and London Grammar would do well to investigate.
Vaults - Premonitions