Virginia Wing craft sun-styled pop with a grounded sound and organic instrumentals, making Extended Play a record which both plays and teases with your expectations.

I think the hardest thing to stomach on this album (for a lot of people at least) will be the lead-vocals; whilst the drums, guitars, and even synthesisers have been recorded in an extremely effectual way - never once sounding programmed or over-produced - the vocals can come across as being over-performed, and lack a punch at particular moments. That's not to say that they aren't without their own charm, but for an overall sound which seems to want to come across as highly accessible, it is the vocals which challenge the most.

Once you're onboard, however, with Virginia Wing's aesthetics and their overall vibe, it's clear this EP couldn't have gone any other way. Whereas other indie-poppers making similar noises will defer to a much more 'programmed' sound, Extended Play manages not to suffer from this in any such way. This becomes a redeeming facet of what's on offer. It allows the band to slot songs such as the wonderfully experimental, 'Rit Rit Rit', into the EP's running order without it coming across as forced or uneven. It's a song reminiscent of My Bloody Valentine's earlier work; punctual and arresting, in Virginia Wings' hands the track shines bright.

There's not really much to dislike here, but their refreshing perspective only carries them so far. It's hard to see the audience for this variety of dream-pop/retro jamming. Certainly there are influences abound from the 70s, when the synth stopped being a novelty and started being a tool. Hints too, of modern rock, especially on the jaunty, 'Common Ground'. It becomes hard to see just where it would be best to soak in Virginia Wing's varying output.

I don't think Virginia Wing are doing anything tremendously different, but they should be commended for their ability to bring back something which is not as apparent these days with indie-pop rock, especially from new bands entering the scene. The ability to make everything sound extremely polished in a live sense, and not necessarily polished in a production sense, becomes the band's most valuable asset. This does not a must-listen album make, however, and although those that stumble upon Virginia Wing's Extended Play are in for a treat. Ultimately, it's just a shame they haven't markedly gone more out-on-a-limb here.