New York based six-piece act Girl Skin combines fragile folk and delicate art-rock to create ethereal chamber-pop songs in their debut album.
When you record an album in your bedroom, the resulting music will inevitably reflect the intimacy of that space. This is especially true of 'Shade is on the other side’, the debut album by Brooklyn, New York based six-piece act Girl Skin, which is a gorgeous set of 60’s influenced baroque folk and indie pop songs.
Written and recorded by frontman Sid Simons and his bandmates, its songs have been shaped by Simons' unorthodox life journey, which has taken him from his birthplace of Portland, Oregon, to a childhood spent in both Australia and then New York, teenage years in Shanghai, followed by a rambling road trip he took around North America instead of finishing high school.
Combining fragile folk and delicate art-rock to create ethereal chamber-pop songs that reveal Simons’ most private thoughts, the album exists at a point where quiet and tender folk meets dramatic guitar-pop. It nods to icons such as The Beatles, The Velvet Underground and T. Rex, through to Wilco and newer acts such as Mt. Joy.
From its yearning first single, ‘Forever & Always’, a supple ode to love that features Simons’ timeless voice front-and-center, to the gentle strumming of the hazy ‘Bite Real Hard’ and the expansive grandeur of ‘She Said’, the album is an elegant mosaic of musical touchstones presented by a young and talented band.
“I wanted these songs to give listeners a layered experience,” explains Simons. “There’s the first intuitive reaction, which I wanted to be joyful and optimistic. But then, as they listened further, other darker and more complex emotions would come to the fore that give the breadth and depth of the songs. I have been excited by the different interpretations people are having to the same song, some feeling the darker shades, others feeling the lighter ones”.
The album, already available on streaming services and will have its physical versions (vinyl and CD) the UK release on the 28 of August 2020.