As of late, it seems as if political unrest on the feminist front is supported by a rising trend of dominating female vocalists with fresh sounds and powerful lyrics. Vaults is one of the major trailblazers in this category. Led by British vocalist Blythe Pepino, the electronica trio ceaselessly produces upbeat electronica with a hint of synth-pop and moody bass lines.
Although the threesome has been releasing music since 2014, one of their biggest accomplishments was landing a spot on the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack in 2015, putting them in good company amongst names like Beyonce and Frank Sinatra. With the addition of multiple remix albums, Vaults’ sound has continued to travel farther than ever before.
In addition, Vaults’ cover of Randy Crawford’s “One Day I’ll Fly Away” was picked up by British retailer John Lewis for their annual Christmas advertisement. In response to accusations of selling out, Vaults producer Barney Freeman recently told Evening Standard, “I think people are a bit more wise now to how difficult it is to break a band. I hope people don’t think badly of us for giving it a go.” Indeed, a placement a company that releases a highly-anticipated Christmas advertisement every year is certainly an impressive feat for a relatively young group.
With deep undertones, a vocalist as powerful as Pepino, and a moving set of lyrics, the synth-electronica dynamic is makes with their release of their first full-length studio album titled Caught In Still Life. Their sound is reminiscent of Lykke Le and Låpsley, while still remaining unique and innovative. Some of the top tracks on their debut album include “Overcome,” “Midnight River,” and “Cry No More.” Give them a listen and let us know what you think!