Girls remind me a lot of my favourite things – JD Salinger stories, Woody Allen movies and Jonathon Richman in general. Things that are one-part smart-alecky quips and another part Vaseline tears and heavy heartbreak. Despite being totally un-Google-able, Girls are easy to get crushed-out on, with their natural skill for catching feelings and passing them on.
Now there isn’t a stand-out track like ‘Lust for Life’ on Broken Dreams Club but, unlike a lot of EPs, it stands up as more than just new album off-cuts. Girls still have that carefree surf balladry sound going on, but the production is leaps and bounds ahead of Album‘s, with more confident vocals, complex instrumentation – and touches of free jazz and post rock worked in seamlessly.
If I say Girls have managed to maintain an endearing childlike quality (despite gross amounts of hype) don’t think it’s all happy-and-you-know-it, because it’s easy to forget how strongly and sincerely young kids can fall in love and get their hearts broken too. Remember, unrequited love at any age is a real bitch.
Originally published in The Thousands