I was first introduced to Golden Grrrls, a Glasgow/London collaboration, on one of the several Scottish music sites I
From the opening notes of "New Pop" to the final strains of the fantastic album closer "We've Got ..." the listener's ears are treated to delightful girl/boy vocal interplay and enough hooks to sate your ears for the week. Here is the second track, "Past Tense" --
The DNA of this band seems to be to be a healthy mix of Glasgow, Dunedin, Australia and the Pacific Northwest. And they understand the essential nature of what they do -- a rushing burst of gorgeous sound, ending a few minutes in (only one song breaks three minutes) and leaving you gasping for more.
There have been a number of very good albums this year, and there will be many more. But this album is near the top for me, and is likely to hang in near the top. And that is especially impressive for a debut.
Golden Grrrls are Ruari MacLean (guitar/vocals), Eilidh Rodgers (drums/vocals), and Rachel Aggs (guitar/vocals). Kate Manning (keys) and Lorna Gilfedder (guitar/bass/keys/vocals) are former members. They begin a US tour on March 20.