London outfit Temptress are back and continuing to carve out a name for themselves as purveyors of their own brand of R&B-flecked alt-pop. The duo has created some fine releases already this year with Secret and previous single Naked, which earnt praise over the summer.

“[Paradise is] a song which floats with optimistic possibilities; a last gasp against the falling mercury and shorter days of autumn.”

Where Naked was a sultry release that threatened to boil over at any moment, new release Paradise is an altogether subtler affair, set to a slow simmer. The previous single’s slow build is replaced by immediate hooks and Vlad and Jess’ trademark interlocking vocals waste no time in unfolding a song which floats with optimistic possibilities; a last gasp against the falling mercury and shorter days of autumn. Temptress deliver four minutes of unabashed breezy escapism.

“[Jess and Vlad’s vocals are] a well-suited combination, a yin-and-yang that fit naturally and effortlessly together.”

Jess’ butterfly-light voice is a real joy, impossible to tire of listening to. Her sweet vocal against Vlad’s soft and understated declamation is a well-suited combination, a yin-and-yang that fit naturally and effortlessly together. The lyrics are direct, full of hope in the first-rush of infatuation, while musically, Paradise flowers organically while maintaining an urban and relevant feel. The hooks are compelling but delivered more as a seductive brush of the cheek than a slap around the face.

With this release, Temptress continue to explore their art as multi-media, with a self-directed low-budget accompanying video. Shot for full DIY-effect mainly from the sun roof of a car, the film trails Vlad and Jess around some of the greater and lesser sights of their home city on hired bikes, stopping to pose at a safe distance from the honeypot tourist spots while espousing the delights of an honest-to-goodness café fry-up. There are no airs and graces or posturing with these guys, what you see is what you get with Temptress.

It’s honest, it’s lush. Paradise found, perhaps.

8/10

Out Now.

Words: Iain Dalgleish @idalgleishmusic

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