Nov 1, 2015

Girls Names – Arms Around a Vision (2015)

After throwing their fans for a loop by shifting their outlook from their first album’s bright noise pop to their second’s gloomy post-punk, Girls Names‘ third album doubles down on the somberness and despair, strips off a layer of studio gloss, and adds some tricky bits to the arrangements. Arms Around a Vision has a grittier feel and tougher sound, with jagged guitars and loud drums, while at the same time the band shows a more nuanced way of arranging the songs. The dynamic shifts within the songs are bracing, the differences in tone from song to song keep listeners guessing, and the subtleties in the arrangements are a definite step forward.


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