Release Date: Nov 13, 2015
Record label: Fortuna Pop
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock
Chorusgirl began life when Silvia Wersig grew tired of playing in other people's bands and struck out on her own. The album she cooked up with help from producer Jan Niklas Jansen (and occasionally some members of the live band she put together) proves that her decision was a smart one. Full of chunky, guitar-heavy songs, strong melodies, and Wersig's richly commanding vocals, the record is a brilliant fusion of the '90s and 2010s that calls to mind the Breeders and Dum Dum Girls in equal amounts.
There’s no denying that a lot of Chorusgirl‘s aesthetic sounds like exactly the sort of thing you’d find on the Fortuna POP! label. From the jangly guitars to breezy rhythms, they make tunes that lurch firmly towards indie disco territory. The group was conceived by Silvi Wersing, originally from Germany but who has since relocated to London, and who’d become fed up of being in other people’s bands.
Ever feel like you’ve been separated from the rest of the human race? Or maybe you’re walking down the streets, and no one looks quite like your people. The friends that used to love you live many miles away. The city that holds you hostage devours even your dreams. This is the world that Chorusgirl (and especially singer/songwriter Silvi Wersing) have contrived for their first album, a realm where spindly bass lines and catchy hooks surge through milky gauze backdrops.
Chorusgirl pertain to a certain kind of cold, detached dreaminess you’d associate with a label like 4AD in its prime: their overall sound being seemingly informed by Lush’s successful hybrid of classic pop, fiery punk and shimmering soundscapes.Yet, rather than reliving a sound there’s a sense here that Chorusgirl are more intent on reinventing it. Look no further than their debut self-titled LP for conviction. It’s not all saccharine pop melodies, however, and Chorusgirl subvert to something far darker here.