Girls - Album (3 stars)

Girls - Album

Love is in the air and the 60s are in the chords as Girls come over all romantic in their debut album. Looking as if they’ve raided the dressing up boxes of MGMT for outfits, and the genres of rockabilly, 60s girl groups and surf pop for sounds, Chet ‘JR’ White and Christopher Owens’ contribution to heartache pop is a lo-fi, retro affair.

Catchy hooks and sun-kissed Californian melodies inform the initial aesthetic but there’s a melancholic subcurrent. Much will be made of Owens’ childhood in the Children of God cult, and his background and subsequent rejection of it lends depth to an otherwise fluffy album.

(Fantasytrashcan/Turnstile Records)

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