Girl Ray are Poppy Hankin, Iris McConnell and Sophie Moss. We’ve previously genuflected in their general direction before, and here they go making us bow and scrape again with a new single, “The Way We Came Back”, to compliment last summer’s full-length debut, Earl Grey.
An early composition described by the band as, er, “[a] plump cow that needed to be milked”, “The Way We Came Back” bears the same well-worn elegance that has become a signature of the band’s short catalogue. Quirky rhythmic changes jostle the more straight forward chord progressions. Hankin’s wistful vocals, delivered with a resonance that makes her sound a less-Teutonic Nico (the timbre and accenting always has me thinking they’re Welsh), float over butterscotch smooth harmonies. Lovely.
Watch the video for “The Way We Came Back”, below, and catch Girl Ray on tour in the US for the first time through the end of March, ahead of their first UK headlining tour beginning in April – all dates here. The single arrives April 20 as a limited-edition 7”, available for pre-order from Moshi Moshi or the band.
Girl Ray, “Trouble/Where Am I Now?” (Moshi Moshi Singles Club)
Girl Ray are a three-piece based out of (North) London. They’ve only been releasing music for a titch over a year now, gathering ‘blog hype’ (sorry, we’re late to the party) and scoring a session with venerable BBC6 deejay – and former Fall guy – Marc Riley. New single, “Trouble”, is due November 25 through the Moshi Moshi Singles Club.
Both “Trouble” and its b-side “Where Am I Now?” have a timeless quality that makes it hard to attach to a particular era or sound – there’s elements of 60s and 70s ballady power pop, as well as 80s and 90s indie. Each feature Poppy Hankin’s genial, yet insouciant lead vocals (her phrasing evokes folks like Nico, Laetitia Sadier and Euros Childs from Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci – a stated influence of the band), combined with sun-dappled harmonies over mellow, indie pop grooves. For a band apparently so young, there’s an assuredness on display that borders on the frightening. Can’t wait to hear more.
So, next steps, then:
a. pre-order your limited edition 7” vinyl copy of “Trouble” via Moshi Moshi, here;
b. check out more of Girl Ray on fbook, twit, and Soundcloud;
c. while on step “b”, make certain you also flatter your ears with the previously released tracks “I’ll Make This Fun” (personal fave) and “Ghostly”;
d. watch the video for “Where Am I Now?”, courtesy of the good folks over at Brooklyn Vegan.