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