Rough Trade Album of the Month: August 2017
Rough Trade Exclusive with Bonus CD of covers of Moshi Moshi artists - Melyr Jones, Teleman, Happyness and Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip). Girl Ray, the North London-based 18 year-old three-piece formed of Poppy Hankin (guitar / vocals), Iris McConnell (drums) and Sophie Moss (bass), release their debut album Earl Grey via Moshi Moshi.
Girl Ray was formed two years ago when the band were still just 16 years old and in a twist of fate as symbolic as it was bittersweet, Trouble, their first single for Moshi Moshi was recorded on what would have been their final day of school. A band whose songs document the dramas of adolescence with a wit and wistfulness far beyond their years, Girl Ray are the sound of that uncertain period in everybody’s life when the rest of it starts to loom large, when feels are felt more intensely than ever before, and when every decision seems like a fork in the road on your way to adulthood.
Recorded with their friend (and now touring guitarist) Mike O'Malley over two "intense and insane" weeks at Ramsgate's Big Jelly studios, Earl Grey is a record of invention and ambition, whose delicate, sun-dappled melodies dance around the inside of your skull like a flickering zoetrope of memories - some fond, others less so. Think a mix of a C86 band playing Guilty Pleasures style songs with perfect harmonies, a more ramshackle Cate Le Bon or the mellower side of Dolly Mixture. It is totally charming and the perfect record for summer 2017.
LP - Black Vinyl with Download and Bonus CD.
2CD - With Bonus CD.
LP+ - Rough Trade Exclusive White Coloured Vinyl (700 Copies) with Bonus 7"of Trouble / Where Am I Now?, Bonus CD and Download.