Babeheaven – Home For Now

A promising debut from a duo with music in their blood and ambition in their hearts.
Label: AWAL
Released: 6th November 2020
Rating: ★★★

For many of us, 2020 has been a year of reflection – and West London duo Babeheaven are no exception. Four years in the making, their dreamy debut ‘Home For Now’ is every bit as thoughtful as it is forward-looking, exploring the complexities of human connection with a sense of wisdom and style.

There’s a sense of control that comes with keeping things simple. The indulgent tones of vocalist Nancy Andersen’s voice bring comfort, drawing you into the foley-filled immersive landscape the duo have managed to create. Bringing solace through its raw honesty, ‘Home For Now’ explores love, courage and intimacy across every stage of a relationship, from an early crush in ‘Friday Sky’ through to the bitter end in ‘Swimming Up River’. Highly emotive moments feature throughout the album alongside a tranquil ambience which unavoidably puts you at ease, making it a perfect listen for those days when you’re just feeling a bit fragile.

They say beauty often lies in the detail, and ‘Home For Now’ is a testament to this. Each listen uncovers subtle moments which could easily be masked by the overall ambience the album encompasses as a whole. Tracks with a lo-fi feel run the risk of being easily forgotten alongside standout tracks like ‘Craziest Things’, but there’s always more to discover upon the next listen. Overall, ‘Home For Now’ is a promising debut from a duo with music in their blood and ambition in their hearts. There’s always a place for a bit of melancholy in your life, and at a time more uncertain than ever, this is an album which keeps it at the very core.

Melissa Darragh

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