Review: “Chorusgirl”

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3 OUT OF 5 NUTS!

chorusgirlLondon, England’s Chrousgirl bring an interesting mix of retro influences to their debut self-titled album, one that is certainly worth a listen for rock fans.

The description of Chrousgirl’s sound on their web site says “Chorusgirl make noisepop, blending the sounds of Lush, the Cure, The Breeders, Pulp, the Bangles, surf, girl groups, melodies, dirt, jangle and noise into a swirling & shimmering mix that spins your head until you’re dizzy. The lyrics are personal, delicate and angry, about losing and giving up, but all of that heartache and anger is layered underneath enough noisy rubble and happy fizz.” Singer/songwriter Silvi Wersing is described as the “brainchild” behind Chorusgirl, a band she started when she decided to go out on her own rather than be a smaller part of others’ projects.

That’s an apt description, and all those influences can surely be heard in Chorusgirl’s music, although more than anything this music has a 1960s surf rock feel to it. You’ll be able to picture Frankie and Annette dancing on the beach while listening to this album. The “noisy rubble” can sometimes drown out the vocals, but the catchy, bouncy melodies of the album’s better tracks will jump into your head and stay there.

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A good example of Chorusgirl at their best is “This Town Kills,” which the band says talks about the moment when you know you have to leave your hometown. It’s the album’s longest track at over five minutes, but it brings a great mix of the upbeat surf-pop sound the album explores along with some beautifully melancholy melodies.

Things veer more towards modern pop/rock later in the album. “Shivers” might be the highlight of the album’s second half:

There’s plenty to like here as Chorusgirl brings all their influences together well to make an enjoyable result. The first half of the album in particular is filled with strong moments as tracks like “No Moon,” “Girls of 1926,” “Sweetness and Slight,” and the aforementioned “This Town Kills” will have you humming along after a couple listens. It’s a good start, to say the least, and we’ll definitely be watching for more from this band in the future.

Release Date: Nov. 13, 2015

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