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Girls Names

The Next Life EP

Slumberland

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If you're a vinyl collector, as I suspect a good number of Under the Radar readers are, then the 12" release of Girls Names' new EP will set you back $11: perfectly reasonable, until you consider that this only gets you one new track ("Third Uncle") and a couple of needless B-side-worthy remixes. Arguably you're better off paying around half that for the digital version of The Next Life EP, which at least contains one more new song and three further needless remixes.

"Third Uncle" and the other new track "Visions" are very much of the mold of the songs on this year's sublime LP The New Life, full of tight guitar, reverb and Claire Miskimmin's groovy bass, but neither enters the shoegaze epic realm of the earlier album's title track, nor are they as captivatingly pulsing as, say, "Hypnotic Regression."

As for the remixes, not a single one performs the basic function of the medium, i.e. adding an alternative, interesting perspective. Instead we're presented with a series of dull, generic poppier, more dance-influenced songs that lose the originals' beautiful hypnotic appeal. (www.girlsnames-deadtome.tumblr.com)

Author rating: 5/10

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