GIRL RAY – ” Stupid Things “

Posted: March 6, 2017 in MUSIC
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Girl Ray

Girl Ray an indie-pop trio from London, craft subtle, winsome songs about teenage romance and youthful angst. On their latest single, “Stupid Things,” they evolve this sound into something more complex yet equally youthful. In its solitary piano and lovelorn refrain, “Stupid Things” nods to the balladry of female singers like Carole King and Carly Simon, yet feels slightly off-kilter—less an homage to these 1970s stars than a rethinking of their classic sound. Singer/guitarist Poppy Hankin has an alluring, peculiar singing voice; her tone is at once lulling yet high and boyish, relaxing yet tense. Here, she he channels it into downtrodden whispers (“It was just to feel close to you/I’ve never done so many stupid things”) against a loose, groovy bassline, playing with her pitch until it’s dissonant against the slinky melody.

 Stupid Things is “about crushing really hard on someone, and finding myself doing fucking ridiculous things, like watching films that they mentioned fleetingly or ordering their favourite drink at a bar”, according to songwriter Hankin In this contrast, Girl Ray captures how fleeting, heart-wrenching, and ultimately self-deprecating young love can be. the band is made up of Iris McConnell (drums), Sophie Moss (bass).

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Other Girl Ray tracks include Trouble – about “turning into someone you don’t like” – with its popping bassline and pop harmonies over endearingly ramshackle percussion; the dolorous Where Am I Now, on which you can hear why Hankin, has been described as the Finchley Nico;

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