Vanity Fairy is the creation of songwriter and vocalist Daisy Capri, a vehicle within which she can escape to a world where disco remains Queen.
“My musical tastes skew very much in favour of the 70s and 80s because I love the aesthetic of those eras” she says. “The colours, the music, the clothes. In many ways I wish I'd lived through those years. I feel like I would have fitted in better then; I enjoy imagining an alternate life where I live in those decades.”
New EP Love From Above lives in a space of pulsating four-on-the-floor rhythms, probing Moroder synths and ascendant sugar-sweet strings. It’s a place where Capri can be the fictitious Vanity and utilise her shimmering vocal falsetto - previously compared to everyone from Kate Bush to Barry Gibb - to set out on a path towards international pop superstardom.
That isn’t to say that Love From Above is merely an exercise in well-crafted revivalism. He Can Be Your Lady’s effortless deconstruction of gender norms is a hyper-modern ode to sexual fluidity amidst a rush of amphetamine, cloaked in the warmly familiar disco sensibility of Candi Staton or the R&B of Sister Sledge. It’s a track that, much like the rest of the EP, depicts an artist able to lift her influences above the level of collage to something that excites in its progression of pop’s parameters.
The EP was put together with her brother and producer Sammy Yamaha in their home studio. The challenge was to re-configure Vanity Fairy’s dazzling live shows, which see her alternate between elaborate polyester-blend kaftans, sequin studded blouses and quality hats while constantly moving in frenzied energy. To that end, Capri put up disco lights and plugged in a smoke machine in the studio, while frequently dressing up in her stage clothes for sessions.