Some philosophers purport that those who are geographically isolated can come up with ideas that are much more creative than those who keep themselves within a bustling beehive of activity. Cut off from their contemporaries, Northern Irish quartet Girls Names have crafted a second album that isn’t a mere play for indie credibility, but rather one that stands as a thoroughly constructed effort to reach towards new creative heights; one that has seen them buff off the initial guitar pop sheen and instead dress themselves in more sombre themed finery. The metallic shine of ‘Pittura Infamante’ draws comparisons to Joy Division; a raft of post-punk influences hide behind a Crystal Stilts-lite facade of down beaten vocals, while reverb heavy Eighties gloom can be heard amongst the lingering whiff of Echo & The Bunnymen styled guitar lines on ‘A Second Skin’. Pleasingly retro.

Read all of our new album reviews here, in this month’s Loud And Quiet

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