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“Dark, intelligent and one of the most imaginative albums of the year so far.” – The Line of Best Fit
“The Belfast band meld Sonic Youth’s dissonance with New Order’s dystopian dance. Compelling.” – The Sunday Times
On their third album Arms Around a Vision, recently released via Tough Love Records, Belfast quartet Girls Names are more widescreen than ever, but also more direct and aggressive. The bass, drums and guitars are still there, but so are saxophones, organs, detuned broken guitars and pianos, and even sheets of metal assaulted with hammers.
The album opens with ‘Reticence’, a song in two parts that’s half metallic knockout, half midnight swagger. It sounds unlike anything they’ve ever done before, and is a perfect primer for an album that treads a course between Eno-era Roxy sleaze, Birthday Party dissonance and M.E.S’ three R’s: repetition, repetition, repetition.
Watch the video for ‘Reticence’ below: