A bit unusual to have a track of the day and a video of the day? Well perhaps, but we like to live dangerously – ‘Bloom’ and ‘Up’ are both perfect examples of the soaring euphoric new wave synth pop that Birmingham’s Victories At Sea are capable of. Both tracks come from their debut album ‘Everything Forever’ which arrived via Static Caravan records a couple of weeks ago.

Love, loss, loneliness and dreams of escape may form much of the band’s lyrical narrative, but the music itself is actually a far cry from the oppressive concrete imagery on the album cover. It’s an album which grabs life by the lapels and embraces its beauty and urges us to seize the day, and not to give up. A sentiment we’d certainly echo given recent events in the news. A glorious fusion of evocative, heartfelt  indie/electro and dance from an incredibly accomplished debut which for some reason puts us in mind of this quote – “you can live your lives or your fears, and that it is always wiser to live your lives.”

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Andy Von Pip

ANDY VON PIP - Founder, editor, writer, reviewer, photographer and all-round good guy at the House photographer for The Academy Music Group, Zuma Press, Event Magazine and Rex Features worldwide. You can check out his photography at Andy Von Pip Photography Has been new music tipster on BBC6 Music, Amazing Radio, and DJ on Strangeways Radio (USA.) Can currently be heard on IWFM Radio. His radio work has been described as sounding like Ian McCulloch on ketamine fused with Ringo Starr. New music tipster on Amazing Radio, moderator for BBC 6 Music DJ Tom Robinson's Fresh on the Net, former member of "BBC's Sound Of" panel. Written and photographic work has appeared in The Quietus, Music Week, Record Of The Day, The Guardian, GIITV, The Sabotage Times, Bido Lito, The Skinny, Louder Than War. Media partner and curator for Liverpool Sound City.

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