“Divine Love…features bluesy rock, atmospheric whispers and a smattering of electronic enhancements” – ALLMUSIC
“Their sinister pop could soundtrack a seedy nightclub in an ’80s action flick; the distortion is razor-sharp, and Victoria’s methodical spoken word is both enticing and foreboding.” – Culture Collide
Meeting each other was a catalyst for greater things. Victoria, playing solo and in bands, was starting to believe that she would never make the music she loves. Things changed when she met Jean, and the two became Victoria+Jean – creatively and romantically.
The album’s themes reflect their own shared lives and experiences. As well as the thread of divine love, the transient nature of their existence – of different cities and cultures – is clear. Victoria was born in Sweden, grew up in London before moving to Paris. An exploration of belonging and identity are all present.
“Mixing a combination of dirty blues, heavy riffs and brooding, melodic vocals, Swedish duo Victoria+Jean are set to unleash a barrel of madness onto the world.” – PureVolume
“…visually enchanting” – Paste
The sleeve of Divine Love mentions some of today’s greatest sound engineers, those mysterious sorcerers who toiled on some of their favorite records, including John Parish (P J Harvey), Ian Caple (Tricky, Tindersticks, Bashung), Christoffer Berg (Depeche Mode, The Knife, Fever Ray) and Rob Kirwan (U2, Depeche Mode, The Horrors), and the high priestess of mastering, Mandy Parnell. An eastern wind blows over the artwork in the form of Oleg Dou, an up and coming Russian contemporary artist.
Their love of blues-rock is evident in the brooding Why Won’t You and Takes You Like A Rose, while Your Baby Don’t Know Me is an explosive four minutes of fierceness. Throughout Divine Love there is a contrast between hard and soft but also within the songs, like Where We Belong, where serenity is punctured by bursts of punchy electric guitar and rising, powerful vocals. Härligt Sverige is a shimmering and occasionally unnerving ode to the extremes of beauty and nature that shows the contradicting emotions in Victoria’s relationship with her birth country.
“[T]heir power and force must be seen to be believed.” – Spill Magazine
“There is a raw grind but an inherent control that makes them all the more powerful…a total originality in an over crowded genre.” – Louder Than War
Divine Love Tracklisting:
1. Divine Love
3. Big Billie
4. Until It Breaks
5. Why Won’t You
6. Your Baby Don’t Know Me
8. Härligt Sverige
9. Takes You Like A Rose
10. Where We Belong
11. Pull The Trigger
12. Define Love