Girl Ray, my new favourite band

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Barely a handful of tracks, but love everything I've heard so far. If Stereolab were filtered through Brill building/Laura Nyro/70s art-pop rather than VU/Ye-Ye/Krautrock.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nDaL0isRQk8

Dan Worsley, Saturday, 11 March 2017 10:56 (two years ago) link

this is lovely

the raindrops and drop tops of lived, earned experience (BradNelson), Saturday, 11 March 2017 16:40 (two years ago) link

they remind me of gorky's zygotic mynci

increasingly bonkers (rushomancy), Saturday, 11 March 2017 16:42 (two years ago) link

Like this a lot.

Le Bateau Ivre, Saturday, 11 March 2017 16:50 (two years ago) link

Wow excellent

blonde redheads have more fun (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Saturday, 11 March 2017 17:13 (two years ago) link

i mean, it's nice piffle, but...

Not raving but drooling (contenderizer), Saturday, 11 March 2017 18:24 (two years ago) link

I wonder what makes this music in particular subject to that criticism.

timellison, Saturday, 11 March 2017 18:38 (two years ago) link

Not challenging enough or some shite like that probably. A couple if their tunes came up in my Discover Weekly playlists. I dig them.

Well bissogled trotters (Michael B), Saturday, 11 March 2017 18:52 (two years ago) link

This is really nice and the vocals are pretty

Carlotta's Portrait (Ross), Saturday, 11 March 2017 21:56 (two years ago) link

I wonder what makes this music in particular subject to that criticism.

"Brill building/Laura Nyro/70s art-pop rather than VU/Ye-Ye/Krautrock"

Not raving but drooling (contenderizer), Sunday, 12 March 2017 07:40 (two years ago) link

Name's a feminist pun on a famous surrealist innit?

Stevolende, Sunday, 12 March 2017 10:11 (two years ago) link

DO YOU SEE

attention vampire (MatthewK), Sunday, 12 March 2017 12:14 (two years ago) link

band history here, plus several more tracks
https://www.theguardian.com/music/2017/mar/06/new-band-of-the-week-girl-ray-no-142-lo-fi-pop

Stevolende, Sunday, 12 March 2017 15:45 (two years ago) link

Why this is more of a "piffle" than 100 other things ilx takes seriously I don't really understand.

blonde redheads have more fun (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Sunday, 12 March 2017 16:10 (two years ago) link

Xxp I thought it was a pun on the former Game Theory drummer tbh

jorts l0chinski (Drugs A. Money), Sunday, 12 March 2017 19:08 (two years ago) link

Oh lol nm

jorts l0chinski (Drugs A. Money), Sunday, 12 March 2017 19:09 (two years ago) link

I wonder what makes this music in particular subject to that criticism.

because it's watered-down motown/girl group stuff, and why listen to a tentative attempt at the Crystals?

a self-reinforcing downward spiral of male-centric indie (katherine), Sunday, 12 March 2017 19:53 (two years ago) link

and piffle is fun to say

Not raving but drooling (contenderizer), Sunday, 12 March 2017 20:08 (two years ago) link

It doesn't really sound like an attempt at Motown but w/e nyro is way closer of a comparison

blonde redheads have more fun (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Sunday, 12 March 2017 20:53 (two years ago) link

There are '60s era melodic elements (and in the vocal harmonies) if you listen to all their songs. That doesn't give me, personally, any inclination to compare their music overall with big production '60s records. I guess if you do that, you would be inclined to characterize it as being watered down. I think their other guitar-based songs suggest some application of what I tend to think of as the Raincoats (or pick some other period band) template, though.

timellison, Sunday, 12 March 2017 21:39 (two years ago) link

and piffle is fun to say

So is pffft.

timellison, Sunday, 12 March 2017 21:42 (two years ago) link

ok but this is "He's So Fine" performed by three people with late-stage colds

a self-reinforcing downward spiral of male-centric indie (katherine), Monday, 13 March 2017 01:00 (two years ago) link

Imagine those punk rockers thinking they could actually sing!

timellison, Monday, 13 March 2017 01:19 (two years ago) link

Yes do Gorky's

calstars, Monday, 13 March 2017 01:21 (two years ago) link

everyone is free to not listen to this

blonde redheads have more fun (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 13 March 2017 16:38 (two years ago) link

ehhh, superlatives generate responses. "my new favorite band" got me to listen to it, which i probably wouldn't otherwise have, but it also got other people to dismiss it as "piffle". overall i think in this case it was probably worth the superlative.

increasingly bonkers (rushomancy), Monday, 13 March 2017 16:44 (two years ago) link

my fave is the b-side of "trouble", "where am i now". that song is truly transcendental.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kVk8LUaL8dk

it's the distortion, stupid! (alex in mainhattan), Monday, 13 March 2017 16:49 (two years ago) link

As far as post-Electralane harmonizing girl garage from London goes, I wish The Wharves got more attention. A bit like this, but less Brill more Fairport.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUMcKDohaBM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-c4kRPGmI4

juggulo for the complete klvtz (bendy), Monday, 13 March 2017 17:17 (two years ago) link

I like "Where Am I Now" quite a bit.

"Piffle" was a joke, fwiw. Sneaky response to LJ in the "Posts You Had Second Thoughts About" thread. Not that it matters now...

Not raving but drooling (contenderizer), Monday, 13 March 2017 18:24 (two years ago) link

ah sorry
i can't keep up with all LJ related jokes

blonde redheads have more fun (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 13 March 2017 18:40 (two years ago) link

three weeks pass...

Kind of love with dem ATM

calstars, Sunday, 9 April 2017 21:24 (two years ago) link

IN

calstars, Sunday, 9 April 2017 21:24 (two years ago) link

"Truly transcental" is a bit of hyperbole but the timbre of the vocals is : )

calstars, Sunday, 9 April 2017 21:44 (two years ago) link

one month passes...

"I'll Make This Fun" is lovely

Well bissogled trotters (Michael B), Tuesday, 9 May 2017 00:43 (two years ago) link

one month passes...

New song "Don't Go Back at Ten". Album "Earl Grey"is scheduled for August, 4th.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i4a__Xz7Mu8

Ich bin kein Berliner (alex in mainhattan), Wednesday, 28 June 2017 17:10 (two years ago) link

one month passes...

the album is fantastic fyi

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Monday, 7 August 2017 22:58 (two years ago) link

also how has no one compared them to the roches yet

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Monday, 7 August 2017 22:59 (two years ago) link

now that you have I'll be listening asap

geoffreyess, Tuesday, 8 August 2017 03:11 (two years ago) link

two weeks pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kPC5-3ua1ag

The earl greys seem to be having fun here

calstars, Wednesday, 23 August 2017 01:12 (two years ago) link

three months pass...

I'm really enjoying this record, but can someone explain the Gorky's comparisons upthread and in a few reviews? I don't hear the similarity--like at all.

afriendlypioneer, Tuesday, 28 November 2017 16:51 (two years ago) link

Every single vocal melody they have sounds like Euros Childs wrote it

PaulTMA, Tuesday, 28 November 2017 17:07 (two years ago) link

I don't hear it, but they're certainly writing better songs than Mr. Childs has in the past couple decades.

afriendlypioneer, Tuesday, 28 November 2017 17:26 (two years ago) link

coincidence. i was just listening to early grey this week

really nice

production reminds me a little of pains of being pure at heart's first album iirc

i n f i n i t y (∞), Tuesday, 28 November 2017 17:31 (two years ago) link

Assumed that the revive was for this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kFo_qaaJMls

Dan Worsley, Tuesday, 28 November 2017 17:35 (two years ago) link

one year passes...

new record coming in November, https://girlray.bandcamp.com/album/girl. liking the new song, label blurb says they've "gone pop". . .

by the light of the burning Citroën, Thursday, 1 August 2019 17:59 (four months ago) link

Single (show me more) doesn’t sound like them (dat beat) but it’s nice anyway

calstars, Sunday, 4 August 2019 21:18 (four months ago) link

the new single is nice and quite bouncy. more extrovert than usual.

je est un autre, l'enfer c'est les autres (alex in mainhattan), Saturday, 10 August 2019 12:12 (three months ago) link

three months pass...

the new album is great. so varied and flowing very well. it is less indie than usual and more electronic and almost dance-orientated in places. there are even some jazzy vibes with flutes and stuff like in let it go. and there is a rap song as well. probably my album of the year (after one and a half listens).

walking towards the sun since 2007 (alex in mainhattan), Saturday, 30 November 2019 20:07 (one week ago) link

Oh excited to hear it!

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Saturday, 30 November 2019 22:53 (one week ago) link


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