Body Con [ep]
Ball of Wax Records
A couple of years back I saw girlboss – then just a duo – and I’ve been waiting for some recordings ever since. Now, it’s a full band – still based around the singing and songs of guitarist/vocalist Lucy Botting, but augmented not only by Douglas Kelly’s bass but also Darian Woods’ guitar and Olivia Campion on drums.
I’ve been attributing all manner of references to this – projecting onto it what I want to hear: a guitar solo from the early Suzanne Vega records informs JBR, at least as I hear it. There’s traces of The Go-Betweens ‘comeback’ (when the songwriting duo reconnected and worked with members of Sleater-Kinney) and I think of this great Australian trio, The Foots, also. In all of those references I’m getting at the fact that there’s something folk-ish, folksy, and folk-informed in this set of pop songs.
None of that might mean anything to you – or to the members of girlboss – but these are all good things. Compliments.
Another angle here is to think of the sharp, smart pop of Fazerdaze and imagine this as the lazier cousin; that’s not to say this isn’t smart – and great – just a different energy entirely. The bedsit charms of The Gottage, the loping circumlocutions of the title-track, the simple strumming of Summer Goth, the relaxed opener So Long with its gently-coaxed yearning.
This is a great EP. Exactly what I hoped for, wanted, expected from this band. It’s nice when you get what you want.
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