ALBUM REVIEW: Mall Girl – Pure Love | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Jansen Records

Released: 26.01.24







From the slowly building intro of Inzane to the dying embers of title track Pure Love, Oslo’s Mall Girl meander through many art rock moods on their new album. The languid, dreamy tone of songs like Energy Lights and English Breakfast are occasionally obliterated by skittering fret virtuosity and stuttering drums.

There’s a familiarity but reference points seem scant, especially when adorned by orchestrated strings. Singer Bethany Forseth-Reichberg’s exquisite vocal occupies the spaces between the explosive percussion. It all plays out like a rock symphony with jazz sprinkles, equally charming and relentless in its adherence to that conceit. Mall Girl, Bethany aided by guitarist Armand Tandsether and drummer Veslemøy Narvesen, combine to form an uncompromising and exhilarating musical outfit and Pure Love is a triumphant calling card.


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