London synthpop trio Vaults have signed to Virgin EMI, and today they unveil their magnificent first single for the label. “Lifespan” is one of those songs that sounds as big as the sky, a pulsating, dramatic widescreen epic that begins with Vaults’ trademark bells and just builds and builds and builds. The production is stellar, and the vocal is commanding in that Kate Bush-via-Florence Welch tradition. You’ve heard this ’80s-influenced retro-futuristic sound done again and again, but rarely has anybody pulled it off so captivatingly. Listen now.
7/19 Suffolk, UK @ Latitude Festival
8/8 Carleton, UK @ Beacons Festival
8/31 Laois, IE @ Electric Picnic
9/3 London, UK @ ICA (headline gig; tickets here)
9/5 Isle Of Wight, UK @ Bestival
9/7 Portmeirion, WE @ Festival Number 6