GIRL RAY

EARL GREY MOSHI MOSHI, OUT 4 AU­GUST Love­able in­die-pop from teen trio.

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There’s some­thing en­dear­ingly of­fk­il­ter about Girl Ray’s bash­ful in­diepop – a bit like some­thing a friend might have knit­ted for you. Not that the North London teenagers are twee or wil­fully ram­shackle. These are deftly ex­e­cuted songs that reg­u­larly throw out un­ex­pected curve­balls within their Gorky’s Zy­gotic Mynci-like bounce. The way A Few Months swings from a me­dieval church vibe to a low-slung ’ 70s funk groove, the eerie har­monies that lead the ti­tle track into Fleet­wood Mac ter­ri­tory or the sparkling slow jam at the end of Stupid Things (reprise)’s lo-fi honky-tonk. The real star, though, is singer Poppy Hankin whose idio­syn­cratic, sing-song vo­cals can quadru­ple the num­ber of syl­la­bles in any given word she comes across. A record to cher­ish. CHRIS CATCH­POLE Lis­ten To: Stupid Things | Preacher | A Few Months

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