Golden Grrrls’ eponymous debut album – inspired by New Zealand and Australian lo-fi indie and bands from their hometown of Glasgow like The Pastels and The Vaselines – features purposefully rough vocal harmonies from the off. Where bands like Veronica Falls sing in a decidedly meant-to-be fashion, the boy/girl vocals of group founder Ruari MacLean and guitarist Rachel Aggs feel awkward and like they don’t quite fit together, him flatly burring, her sweetly chirruping. It’s how young love should be – bumpy. Exuberance is another requirement for this kind of charmingly naive guitar pop, which ‘Golden Grrrls’ has in abundance. ‘New Pop’ is pitched somewhere between a borderline twee Dinosaur Jr. and the jittery sound of UK ’70s new wave – it’s a fitting tone to set at the top of a record so awash with DIY nobbles and so clearly high on brilliantly cultish indie songs.

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