As well as being part of one of the most infectious, exciting girl gangs around in The Big Moon, guitarist Soph Nathan keeps herself busy by leading Brighton trio Our Girl. Completed by drummer Lauren Wilson and bassist Josh Tyler, they’re equally as thrilling as – and promisingly different to – Soph’s other band.
They proved as much on their eponymous first track last year; a rush of airy, diving guitars and Soph’s sweet, feathery voice. As introductions to new bands go, it’s flawless – one that burrows deep into your head and refuses to leave.
Our Girl have set the bar high for themselves, but their debut single more than lives up to the standards set. Produced by Andy Savours (My Bloody Valentine, The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart), ‘Sleeper’ is even more sublime than that initial offering. Veering from big, full-on assaults of noise to just pillows of guitar cushioning warm vocals, it’s a lush, misty listen that gracefully lunges up and down.
“My new friend is a sleeper,” sings Soph at one point in her inimitable husk, “I’m not on my own and I’m OK/Cos you’re kind I feel safer.” Soothing, rich and dreamy, ‘Sleeper’ is a new friend to nestle down with and find comfort in, and a beautiful second move from a band who should be fully embraced in their own right.
‘Sleeper’ and its B-side ‘Level’ will be releaed on December 11 via Cannibal Hymns. If you’re in London, catch Our Girl play a special headline show at Dalston venue Birthdays on December 8.