North London band Girl Ray return for their second album with a delightful, sun-kissed tribute to their love of pop and R&B. Back in 2017, they released Earl Grey: a debut album of expertly-crafted, sweet, hummable songs about longing, friendship, self doubt and contemplation. It was a success. “With Girl Ray, we knew we had found something special,” says Stephen Bass of Moshi Moshi who signed the band in 2016
It was Ariana Grande’s explosion into pop culture that kickstarted a new era for Girl Ray. “Thank U, Next came out and that kind of changed everything,” Poppy says. A quick glance at the band’s most-listened-to Spotify playlists informed them that they were far more into music from the likes of Calvin Harris, Destiny’s Child, Dua Lipa and Britney than they were into guitar music. That, combined with Ari’s ballad of self-love and the party vibe Girl Ray witnessed when touring with US band Porches led to the band beginning to wonder if they could try their hand at making their own pop.
Girl Ray have created something beautiful that hasn’t been seen for a long time now: expertly-crafted pop created by dedicated artists on a mission to make music for people to really enjoy. Music that doesn’t look to confuse or patronise. Music to fall in love to, to dance to. Songs you’d want to send to your friends. It’s unmistakably Girl Ray, but with added synths. Listen to lead single ‘Show Me More’.
Following memorable headline shows at Scala and most recently Heaven, Girl Ray return to play Electric Ballroom on 26th February!
Tickets £12.50 +bf
184 Camden High St, London, NW1 8QP