Article by KevW
Brighton trio Our Girl formed last year, with the story going that singer/guitarist Soph Nathan met bassist Josh Tylor and they ended up in a basement trying to work out how to play an Anna Calvi song. Lauren Wilson soon joined on drums, and the band put their first, eponymous track up for download. A year on from that, they release their debut single proper this Friday after spending 2015 gigging and building up a decent fanbase. With producer Andy Savours (who worked on our album of 2014 by The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart) manning the desk, everything seems set for this to make a dent upon impact.
Sure enough, this is sassy indie-rock that has both grit and drama (perhaps the influence of Anna Calvi rubbed off a bit). This is maybe most apparent on B-side 'Level' which is slow-burning and atmospheric, showing a more stripped-back side to the band's sound until the fiery end section. It is A-side 'Sleeper' that shines brightest though, with a lush, free-flowing sound that glides along with ease and could be compared to early PJ Harvey. The chorus doesn't throw things out of kilter by attempting to be too grand or overblown - it's big and it takes the track to a different level but somehow feels quite understated which fits perfectly. Perhaps it's just us, but there seem to be a lot of new indie-rock groups appearing with new releases lately who have the talent to break out from the alternative scene. Next year is shaping up to be an exciting one.
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