Girls are probably the biggest thing on the Pitchfork.com scene at the minute. After an absolutely amazing review that rated their debut album, Album, 9.1 out of 10, it’s unsuprising that everyone is all over them at the minute. In fairness, they have been building up their fanbase for quite sometime now, and their debut release is simply a culmination of that. Their song, Hellhole Ratrace, was rated 383rd best song of the decade by the same website, also.
If you’ve ever heard any of Ariel Pink’s Haunted Grafitti work, you’ll have a vague idea what Girls sound like – indeed, Chris from Girls worked with Pink in Holy Shit. The narrative of Chris’ life has been told on a thousand blogs before, but that doesn’t make it any less harrowing – born into the Children of God cult, his brother died due to the faith’s stance against medical care, his father left and the cult sometimes forced his Mother to sell her body. For anyone to come out of such a troubled upbringing and make a piece of work as brilliant as Album is a testament to strength in adversity.
That’s not to say that Girl’s work in itself uplifting – from Album, the poppiest song is Lust for Life, which is far from an Iggy Pop cover. in fact, like all of their work, it is filled with an aching sort of yearning and unfulfilled desires. In general, it’s a release about heartbreak, disappoint and a depth that the often simple songs fail to hide. The influences are far and wide, with Sonic Youth casting a shadow over some songs, whilst a kind of inverted version of The Beach Boys looms large over the rest. In short, it’s brilliant and will definitely feature in any decent record of the year compilation, for certain.
They’ve just started their UK tour, playing loads of dates all over the place. Support comes from the immaculate Swanton Bombs, and you can download an entire album of theirs entirely legally below, courtesy of the band. And, of course, if you’ve never heard any Girls, now is a good time to start:
Girls – Lust for Life mediafire
Girls – Morning Light mediafire
Swanton Bombs – Smoke over Swanton mediafire