Top Prospect #9 - Our Girl

The 9th entry in our Top Prospects for 2015 is the Brighton based 3-piece Our Girl. With just one song in the wild right now, this selection surprised us a bit. But, we've had to remind ourselves of why we are doing this list, and it's because there are a certain few artists with limited output who we're excited for in 2015. We're happy with the 9 artists we've called Top Prospects so far, and if we've introduced at least one person to their work, we've succeeded. And that makes us happy.

This selection makes the 2nd artist we've selected with just one available song, Adia Victoria being the other, and by selecting Our Girl, their one offering better be fantastic. 'Our Girl' is just that, it's a heady piece of guitar pop, controlled and measured, yet sounds entirely effortless.

Photo by Neil Anderson

The band started out as a project for the former Hella Better Dancer lead guitarist, Soph Nathan, now her primary focus. We discovered Hella Better Dancer earlier this year, just as the band was dissolving, and have gone on to be overzealous fans of the former members of the band, Tilly's Lazy Day and now Soph's Our Girl. The band has been gigging around Brighton and London providing support for such Aimless Skylarking favorites as, Cheatahs, Honeyblood, and Bloody Knees. And if Facebook photos are to be believed, the band is in the process of making new music. We can't wait to hear it, and see how their 2015 unfolds.      

Our Girl are Soph Nathan (vocals/guitar), Josh Tyler (bass), and Lauren Wilson (drums). Stream their one and only song below.

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Song of the Day - tv by Lazy Day

If you've been milling around these pages over the past few weeks, you'll know that Aimless Skylarking has taken a shine to Hella Better Dancer.  And that lead to side projects from members of the band, Lazy Day and Soph Nathan.  Tracks from all 3 projects have provided much enjoyment over those days, some being listened to so many times consecutively that I received the stink eye from the head honcho.  From the first listen of Hella Better Dancer, the draw has always been intelligent restraint, mature themes, haunting vocals, and impeccable composition.  Even the band's first few offerings exhibited old soul sensibilities, and those traits are evident in the side projects.

Lazy Day started out as Tilly Scantlebury's solo side project, but now in the wake of Hella Better Dancer's dissolution, it's become a fully formed band.  A few weeks back we spoke about Lazy Day's marvelous track, 'Oldest Friend', and we aim to do the same today with what we think is the band's strongest work to date, 'tv'.  'tv' just passed 2000 plays on Soundcloud, more than 3000 less than 'Oldest Friend' and the equally stellar 'with my mind', and that's a criminally low number for such a hypnotic offering.  On my iPod Classic, 'tv' has surpassed Dylan's 'Shelter from the Storm' and The Joy Formidable's 'The Last Drop' as the most played, and was the exact song that triggered the stink eye.  The admiration is well deserved, Tilly's breathless vocals waver with quiet desperation in the face of heartbreak, tapping into a relatable pool of mature melancholy.  It's stunning, timeless, devastating, and shouldn't be missed.

If you are a fan of lonely night heartbreak songs like we are, then 'tv' will not disappoint.  Lazy Day's 'tv' is the Aimless Skylarking Song of the Day, stream and download it below.

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Hella Better Dancer comes to a close

Just as I discover and really get into a band, they go and break up.  New found favorite, London based Hella Better Dancer has decided to close up shop and move on to other projects.  Here's the statement the band posted on Facebook and Twitter:

I even ordered some of their music in the last few weeks, 2 EPs from Amazon and the 'Sleeptalking' 7-inch from Beautiful Strange Records. But, I'm not terribly upset about it because they've left a stunning body of work, and are going on to other projects, projects that I also enjoy.  With that, best wishes to all in the band, and I hope I'll be able to catch a performance when I return to London next spring.  

As I close, I'm reminded of the lyrics to Lazy Day's 'With My Mind', 'Saying bye is always hard, I've hated it from the start.'