Girls Names - ‘Hypnotic Regression’
Girls Names’ second album, The New Life, is pretty much the only thing I’ve been listening to over the past two weeks. A dark and, at times, morose look at the world of post-punk; this four-piece from Belfast have excelled, creating what is currently my favourite album of the year so far.
Using the formula outlined in 2011’s Dead To Me as a framework, The New Life proves itself to be a stronger and far more durable album than its predecessor. This time around sees guitarist and chief songwriter, Cathal Culley, taking a more varied approach to his band’s music. ‘Pittura Infamante’ an intense and brooding song, is broken up as a bright guitar emerges from nowhere before once again dropping away to leave only a pulsing bass line while ‘A Second Skin’ purveys a sense of threat as its clever guitar/bass combination plays throughout.
While every track on the album has earned its place, it is the second single that really shines. From the start ‘Hypnotic Regression’ is ambitious. Echoing guitars are quickly joined by drums and bass, gripping you until the guitars re-emerge as a force. Faster and with a strong sense of purpose, it marks one of the best tracks on an already great album.
A rewarding listen, The New Life is out now on Slumberland Records