At last it's here. And their eagerly anticipated debut, titled Secret Life, even demonstrates an improvement in their already wonderful style of writing and recording.
It's definitely been worth the wait.
The most apparent change is a shift towards more polished production, cleaning up the lo-fi style that characterized the group’s earlier work. The result is much more accommodating to the vocal work of both Benjamin and Wilde in moments of restraint (the delicate “Secret Life”), powerful release (the roaring “Hexe”) and soaring harmony (“Impossible”).
This newfound sonic space has also granted Benjamin the ability to showcase pleasant subtleties in his music, such as the lower register keyboard bounce of “Roswell,” not to mention the dynamic shifts of the aforementioned “Impossible” and the uniquely structured tempo of “Apocalypse,” all of which contribute further to Secret Life’s compelling balance between blissful and bellowing.