Venus Hum are heralded as the "New Sound of Nashville", but Big Beautiful Sky's first few tracks take you back to early-'80s Basildon. With Annette Strean's crystalline voice trilling over bouncy synths, you imagine Eddi Reader fronting Vince Clarke's Depeche Mode—it's sweet but unpardonably passé. Thankfully, it changes quickly, the music slowing and swelling to a Björk-style naturalistic ambience that suits Strean's wide-eyed conjuring of delicate flora and sweeping vistas.

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Venus Hum – Big Beautiful Sky

Venus Hum are heralded as the “New Sound of Nashville”, but Big Beautiful Sky’s first few tracks take you back to early-’80s Basildon. With Annette Strean’s crystalline voice trilling over bouncy synths, you imagine Eddi Reader fronting Vince Clarke’s Depeche Mode?it’s sweet but unpardonably pass