There’s very little information about Volga Steppe available right now, but we were lucky enough to see them play at the year before last’s Linksmas bash and were wowed by their charmingly beguiling sound. Now, the Fleet band have finally posted some music online and we’re sure you’re going to love it. One of the most exciting bands from our local area in a long time, they have a grand and sweeping sound that owes a debt to the likes of Grizzly Bear, Sufjan Stevens and Loney, Dear but also remains entirely their own.
‘Burns Not Beast’ mixes an incessant keyboard motif with far-reaching guitars and a jaunty sea shanty sound before breaking down in splendid style. There are also moments of math-rock intensity hidden deep inside it, while ‘Papillon’ is equally mesmerising. Starting with chanted vocals and pop aesthetics, the graceful song delves into experimental jazz interludes and so much more. These group vocals also appear on ‘Dapper Dan Man’, a spellbinding keyboard-driven song that is the highlight so far. But this is just the beginning, there’s plenty more to come. Get excited.