The lack of space in SadGirl’s name is important. Water is an album of double-retro piano-led pop that yearns for that time in the ‘70s when people loved remembering the moonlit pop of the ‘50s - albeit with a distinctly modern edge. Google Sad Girl with a space, however and you’ll find yourself in a different sound world, listening to some brooding electronica. On Suicide Squeeze.
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SadGirl are a Los Angeles trio that encapsulate the faded glamour of Tinseltown on this, their new record, 'Water'. It's a collection of sunny pop songs with a yawning, all-encompassing sadness you usually only get with 60s pop records, the kind that reveals itself if you dig just a little beneath the surface. And this album actually does sound like it's come straight from the 60s. There's an audible similarity between the fidelity of 'Water' and Phil Spector's girl groups, both sharing mic bleed between instruments and a lovely warm hiss.
Of course, the faded glamour narrative has a long and chequered past in music. It was most recently used by that little lad from Sheffield, Alex Turner, on 'Tranquility Base Hotel and Casino'. SadGirl manage to make this rather hackneyed aesthetic sound pretty fresh and interesting. There's flavours of yacht rock, rock 'n' roll, and surf music, and you do have to remind yourself this was made in 2019. Perhaps, as an artist, one has a duty to do something new but ignoring that for a minute, 'Water' by SadGirl is wholly enjoyable.
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