Listening Post

Here’s the first ever track from Girlhood – a ’90s chart tune from a narrowboat

London duo Christian Pinchbeck and Tessa Cavanna release their debut single

A new band, and a new label.

Girlhood are a recently formed London-based duo. Christian Pinchbeck and Tessa Cavanna met at the tail end of 2015.

After Christian’s former band Elephant folded, he was after a new project. Kenya-raised Tessa had been performing more neo-soul material. They met, they bonded over late 80s hip-hop, Barry White and The Fugees. They record on Christian’s narrowboat studio based on Regent’s Canal.

As the project unfolds it’s going to feature other producers and contributors.

‘My Boy’ is their first track and it comes out via the newly formed Team Talk Records, run by Christian.

Here he is talking about it:

“I grew tired of playing instruments, of familiar sounds and techniques; I wanted music to seem alien again, to reignite that spark. I sold my laptop and bought an iPad and some homemade sampling apps and starting messing about with different cuts, using touch technology and manipulating sound waves in real time. This birthed a new exciting way to write and when I met Tessa things just fell into place.”

Girlhood’s ‘My Boy’ is released on 1 November.