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Girl Nobody

"The Future Isn't What It Used To Be" CD


Genres: indie pop, indie rock

Nov 22 - 28 2004

The Future Isn't What It Used To Be is great news if you like The Sneaker Pimps, Morsel, and similar trip-hoppy, female-led pop bands.  Girl Nobody uses a dark, catchy pop formula that sounds great - dramatic melodies are combined with electronic rhythms to create a driving, pulsing sound.  At times they favour a strong, guitar-heavy rock feel ("My Best," "Why Am I Alone"), while on other occasions they are more into sensible pop ("Yellow Morning," "Carlucci").  Sometimes Girl Nobody sounds a bit similar to mid-90s act Moonpools & Caterpillars - the vocals are very similar, but this album's darker moments tend to drift away from M&C tendencies.

An important component of Girl Nobody's music is its electronic element.  While many of the songs downplay the electro rhythms, others are driven by them - "Aliens," for example, takes a page out of the Morsel handbook on electronic-infused pop music.  "Sirens" and its uniquely haunting atmosphere sound something like a Portishead/Sneaker Pimps hybrid, while noir-esque rocker "Paperdoll" is easily the album's best song - its chorus is abnormally catchy, as just one listen will hook you for weeks.  Few of these songs are duds, though some are less catchy than others - fortunately, the band's entertaining, unique style keeps this album from ever becoming boring; even the less infectious songs are above average.

The Future is a surprising gem of an album.  Lots of music comes my way looking like this, but very little of it sounds so good.  If dramatically intriguing, trip-hop-cum-pop appeals to you, make sure to give Girl Nobody a look.


Fun Fact: Like The Sneaker Pimps before them, Girl Nobody is becoming a DJ favourite.  So far, Delikate Impostor has remixed "Why Am I Alone" and Paul Oakenfold has included a version of "Cages" on his Creamfields mix.

Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 12 tracks, distributed by the band, released 2004]