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Milwaukee natives Victoriah and Hannah Gabriela Banuelos (Vic and Gab) use their sisterly voicing for startling harmonic effect. The singers meld their sound further with liberated instrumentation, in the vein of jangly mid-’90s pop (think Wedding Present, Life Without Buildings and Tegan and Sara).
Electric guitars weave the front and smoky harmonic embers unite the back. Love of Mine is a marvelously catchy release; the duo has a strong grip on hooks and melody, which are awakened by foot-stomping percussion and clean, chirping electric guitar rhythms.▼ Article continues below ▼
The debut title-track “Love of Mine” is one of the catchiest. The song enters with a swaggering rhythm and misty vocals, which give way to a sweet, nearly-shoegaze guitar groove. Coupled vocals warm the verse and feature call-and-response and textured layers. When the chorus hits, the duo steps into its strongest form, singing jointly, “Love of mine / Run from me / Save your love for better company.”
“Call Me When You Can Be You” transitions smoothly and bubbles in colorful hues, near-conversational lyrics and a devastatingly hooky chorus, which builds into a shimmering finale. Simple songwriting maintains and offers the greatest strength and signature for this robust debut.