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Girlboy Girl

"Forget the Ladder, Climb the Wall" CD

Kittridge Records

Genres: indie pop, twee, lo-fi

Kittridge Records
PO Box 662011
Los Angeles, CA

Jul 19 - 25 2004

After a host of seven-inches and EPs, as well as a full-lengther on Blackbean and Placenta, Girlboy Girl have entrusted their second album to LA label Kittridge Records, who have a knack for unearthing obscure yet enticing indie pop acts.  The band sticks to a reasonably familiar twee pop style, rounding out their sound with a bit of cheery spunk that sets them apart from some of the genre's softer inhabitants.

Although Girlboy Girl is actually a fourpiece, the songwriting is divided between Rupert Taylor and Paula Knight exclusively.  Both Taylor and Knight have very similar styles, however - you'd be hard-pressed to distinguish between the two.  As such, Forget the Ladder is a somewhat homogeneous disc; the songs themselves aren't that memorable, and will require multiple listens before they break out of their shells.

Initially, Forget the Ladder's most notable songs are the most energetic ones.  "On The Horizon" is peppy and sweet, with a very pleasant chorus, while "Go" is catchy and exciting, though quite lo-fi.  The slower songs take a bit longer to sink in; "Starting To Peel," for example, is uninteresting at first, but once you hear it a few times, you wonder what you originally missed.

Forget the Ladder, Climb the Wall will take a few listens to reach its potential, but twee fans will find it well worth the wait.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 14 tracks, distributed by the label, released 2003]