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Girlinky - My Huge Head

  by John Clarkson

published: 17 / 12 / 2001

Girlinky - My Huge Head
Label: Dedear
Format: CDS
Girlinky are a New Zealand rock trio, who have recently relocated to London. While the group have been together for eight years and have put out various records and videos back home, 'My Huge Head', w

Girlinky are a New Zealand rock trio, who have recently relocated to London. While the group have been together for eight years and have put out various records and videos back home, 'My Huge Head', which Girlinky has self-produced and self-released, is the band's first British release. Featuring Rob, Sarah and Scott, the group play ramshackle, rumbustious rock in the mode of Pavement and Dinosaur Jr. The title track combines siren-style guitars and razor sharp boy-girl harmonies with a surreal, wacky lyric about relationship grief. 'My Umbrella', which finds Rob out of sorts and wanting to hide from the world and especially his girlfriend, is equally offbeat. The more brooding 'Midden', which has Sarah on vocals, meanwhile bounces bubbling echoes of synthesiser against sudden injections of noisy guitar. Far cleverer and more cohesive than its deliberately chaotic sound at least initially implies, 'My Huge Head' is wry, witty highly entertaining pop that grows with each new airing.

Track Listing:-
1 My Huge Head
2 Umbrella
3 Midden

Visitor Comments:-
14 Posted By: Znaddanz@hotmail.com, London, England on 01 Jan 1900
'I Want The Tsunami' is one of the most remarkable new sounds in music today. After the 70's nostalgia of the current dirty rock revolution has passed, this is the sound that the music world will turn to- truly progressive rock music. Not content with the standard guitar/drums/bass lineup, Girlinky has pushed the envelope with a sometimes dizzying array of keyboards, samples, and production. The most remarkable feature of this album is its pure dynamism. Each member of the four-peice alternates singing duties, so each song has a different 'lead singer', and hence has a different flavour. When bassist Scott Brodie takes the reins, the songs have a contemplative and almost philosophical feel to them. Alternatively, drummer Rob Talsma, (whose voice rivals that of Coldplay's Chris Martin) has a much more energetic and lively presence. This blend of different styles makes 'Tsunami' one of the most interesting rock albums in recent memory. While Girlinky generally focuses on energetic pop-rock, the stand-out track of the album must surely be the stunning ballad 'Cowboy Conscience', one of the most achingly beautiful and evocative pieces of music you'll ever hear: This track alone makes the album compulsory listening. The eerie wails of the chorus continue to send shivers down the spine, even after multiple hearings. Other high points include the celebrity-bashing 'Mr. Convulted', and the frenetic single 'Hai, Wakarimashita!' This album cannot come with a high enough recommendation. Intelligence, production values through the ceiling, and just good, fun rock music- the sort you want to dance to. It's difficult to imagine that this will be anything other than the Album of the Year.

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