Crashing upon us on a sodden January is ‘Cursing The Sea’ the astonishing debut (and first must buy album of 2014) from September Girls.
Now I am never one to discuss a bands gender in a review – I correctly believe that a guitarists genitalia is utterly irrelevant as to how the music sounds. However seeing as their name alludes to gender I can mention how excited I am as to a whole new wave of brilliant female bands dominating the Indie music scene and September Girls are worthy of a place amongst the likes of Savages, Pins and Valentiine, I won’t be so crass as to name a movement that doesn’t actually exist it is just sheer coincidence that these bands are around right now.
Title track ‘Cursing The Sea’ is angular and taut with choppy guitars, while ‘Another Love Song’ injects some shoegaze into proceedings and ‘Left Behind’ introduces darkness into the sweetness and light.
Musically September Girls are reminiscent of ‘Gala’ era Lush with shades of My Bloody Valentine thrown into the mix, it is a beguiling combination that they make their own and bring bang up to date with spiralling guitars, a rhythm section tighter than a tourniquet and vocal harmonies sweeter than candy floss.
Stand out tracks – it’s all so good – were ‘Heartbeats’ ‘Green Eyed’ ‘Ships’ & ‘Talking’. An essential purchase. 9/10
September Girls: ‘Green Eyed’