EP REVIEW: Girl Friend – ‘Arrive Alone, Leave Alone’

Girl Friend have been favourites of ours since we first glanced upon them in the dark halls of Manchester’s Ruby Lounge, many months prior to where we greet them now. The foursome have managed to not only dance our cares away with each passing poetic muse but in turn, they have found themselves merging deeper into our subconscious with their insatiable thirst for emotional theatrics. With the release of their forthcoming EP ‘Arrive Alone, Leave Alone’ Girl Friend have further cemented why they are so much more than just your regular pop band.

The initial excitement of EP opener and lead single ‘Monte Carlo’ is infectious, from the propulsive disco beat to fluttering synths and hypnotising vocals. It’s a track that is indebted to the glamour and oceanic views of the Riviera. A light and breezy ode to a fearless love affair. ‘You Lead the Way’ teases “All I wanna do is give in to what you want to…” and to resist it’s charms is hopeless. It may be a slow burner but with it’s prowling affections and distinct vocal caress, ‘You Lead the Way’ leaps ahead of its predecessor and jumps straight into the fore-running for our summer playlists.

On the surface ‘Style & Substance’ is another perfectly crafted slice of disco pop glittered with sparkling electronics and a sharp vocal delivery but beneath the glowing demeanour hides a darker secret, one of self-made destruction: “I just can’t trust myself any more” and a reliance on his “medicine”. Closing the EP is ‘Stop’ an amorous endeavour into the passionate thralls of longing, laced with velvety vocals and melodic tension, it’s impossible to let go. ‘Stop’ never relinquishes it’s merciless grip and leaves you craving more, if that’s not a sign of a band with potential I don’t know what is.

‘Arrive Alone, Leave Alone’ will be released on 27th April, via Tri-Tone. 

Girl Friend will be touring the UK throughout April:

11th – Ruby Lounge, Manchester
12th – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
13th – Fibbers, York
15th – King Tuts, Glasgow
16th – Think Tank, Newcastle
17th – Picture House Social, Sheffield
18th – The Shipping Forecast, Liverpool
20th – Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham
21st – Crofters Rights, Bristol
23rd – The Cookie, Leicester
24th – Also Known As, Banbury
25th – Lennons, Southampton
26th – Prince Albert, Brighton
27th – Shacklewell Arms, London

Girl Friend Links: Website . Facebook . Twitter

Charlotte Holroyd
Editor, Creator and Founder of Bitter Sweet Symphonies. A lover of music and cinema, who's constantly attending gigs and in search of a great experience.

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