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North London trio Girl Ray have announced a new album, Girl, and shared a video for its first single, “Show Me More.” Girl is due out November 8th via Moshi Moshi. They’ve also announced some UK tour dates. Watch the “Show Me More” video below.

Girl Ray features Poppy Hankin (guitar/vocals), Iris McConnell (drums), and Sophie Moss (bass). “Girl” is their second album, the follow-up to their cleverly titled 2017-released debut album, Earl Grey  which was one of the Top 15 Debut Albums of 2017 .

Girl was recorded at Electric Beach Studios in Margate with Ash Workman (Christine and the Queens, Metronomy). Whereas their debut album was a twee-pop gem, Girl is inspired by more modern and electronic pop sounds, in particular Rihanna and Ariana Grande. Crusoe Weston directed the “Show Me More” video, which features the band riding around on bikes.

In a press release the band say “Show Me More” is about “crushing really hard but having to play the long game and wait it out because your boo is playing savage games. It’s your classic pop banger. Steamy dance floor. Drinks on me.”

Show Me More is Girl Ray’s brand new single, taken from their forthcoming album ‘Girl’ out on 8th November via Moshi Moshi Records.

15th November 2019 – Rock City Nottingham w/ Metronomy,  22nd February 2020 – Nottingham, Bodega

Girl Ray makes self-proclaimed “estrogen pop” that seems to exist outside of time. Though heavily indebted to harmonious crooners and jangly indie acts of the 60’s and 70’s, Girl Ray creates a sound that’s fresh, ambitious and all their own. Poppy Hankin’s vocal delivery is calm and collected, forming a spirited juxtaposition to her biting lyrical wit.

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Band Members:
Poppy Hankin – Vocals and Guitar
Sophie Moss – Bass and Vocals
Iris O’Connell – Drums and Vocals
Mike O’Malley – Guitar and Keys
Released March 15, 2018

Girl Ray

Superb C86 era retro indie but that’s doing this brand new group a bit of a disservice, as the unusual arrangements and excellent lyrics make this unique and fresh sounding. This is bouyant, charming, charismatic pop!

Girl Ray are based in North London, are Poppy Hankin (vocals, guitar), Iris McConnell (drums), Sophie Moss (bass).

Girl Ray make sweetly sour lo-fi heartache pop with vocals wavering between cool and callow and songwriting ambitions towards the accomplished. Their latest single, Stupid Things “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 it could be a cover version of a Carole King song by a C86 type Indie Band Something about the quality of the production, the sound, the way the instruments are played and the spaces between them, suggests 1972. “It wasn’t purposefully indie or lo-fi,” explains Hankin, who met the other Girl Ray-ers at Finchley’s Fortismere school, where they were a few years below Jess Glynne (and a few decades below Ray Davies of the Kinks). “We weren’t exactly trying hard to do it, that’s just how I wrote the song and the way it was produced.” Lovers of 1972 might recognise the first two seconds of the piano intro, a recreation of the (guitar) opening to Julie Burchill’s all-time favourite song. “We gave a copy of Todd Rundgren’s I Saw the Light to the mixing guy as reference.

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Girl Ray came together through a shared love of pop from Rundgren to Cate Le Bon and a shared loathing of “the stuff the girls in our class liked, “That and just being really cool,” deadpans drummer McConnell. Naming themselves punningly after the avant garde artist Man Ray, they performed their first gig in south London. “It was absolutely terrible,” Hankin says. “We were so out of tune.”

Soon, Moshi Moshi – the small label that has released records by Florence + the Machine, Hot Chip and Lykke Li – signed them, and the band released their debut album this summer.

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;